That diplomatic passport also lists Dr. Douglas’ nationality as Dominican.
Addressing the nation during a press conference held today, Prime Minister Harris said this matter raises a serious legal question as to whether or not the leader of the Opposition is qualified to be a representative in the National Assembly.
I want, for example, to refer to Section 28 of the Constitution, the supreme law of the land, and that section [states] that a person shall not be qualified to be elected as a Representative of the National Assembly if he or she is, by virtue of his or her own act, under any acknowledgement of allegiance, obedience or adherence to a foreign power or state,” the St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister said while adding that “this constitutionally-entrenched qualification has been further codified by the National Assembly Elections Act, the act of Parliament passed pursuant to the constitutional grant of power to our Parliament.”
During his tenure as prime minister, Douglas strongly opposed the notion of elected parliamentary representatives holding dual citizenship, and in 2009, played an instrumental role in bringing several pieces of legislation to Parliament that amended the National Assembly Elections Act.
“The people of this country call upon Dr. Denzil Douglas to tell the full and unvarnished truth of his standing with the government of Dominica," Harris said.
"Is he a paid diplomat and, if yes, how much is he being paid? On how many visits, if any, has he accompanied officials of Dominica on or represented the Government of Dominica on? Will Douglas put personal avarice and self interests above his duty as a Member of Parliament and as the Leader of the Opposition of St. Kitts and Nevis?
Has he been promoting, marketing, and soliciting development projects on behalf of Dominica and any other country for that matter at the expense of St. Kitts and Nevis – the country he is pining to lead again? Has he offered the database of our Citizenship by Investment Programme to any other country?”
Recognizing the importance of loyalty, Harris categorically stated that he holds no other passports than those properly issued to him by the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, “and I never have and never will hold allegiance, obedience or adherence to a foreign state or power.”