Amend constitution re dual citizenship

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The ruling party in Basseterre must without delay use its majority in the Federal Parliament to amend the constitution to a more suitable position whereby the country could continue to benefit from the brightest and the best talent.

The occurrence of members of the Parliament and, indeed, the Cabinet, having citizenships other than that of St. Kitts and Nevis is not new.

Both political parties in government have had Cabinet members who possess other passports besides St. Kitts – Nevis.  Their having another passport has in no way infringed on their duties and, indeed, in our view they have performed excellent services to the Federation.

Canada, the UK and the United States remain the closest allies of St. Kitts and Nevis and there are no chances that these countries will take up arms against St. Kitts and Nevis or vice versa.

Investors must be content knowing that the government is stable and there is no threat of instability pending.

Therefore in the matter of the constitutional motion filed in the High Court against the Hon Dwyer Astaphan the government has a recourse available to it.  That recourse is the command of more than two thirds majority in Parliament.  The constitution requires two third majority to amend the section of the constitution that deals with this issue.

This constitutional motion in our view should not be allowed to be heard.  The government should pre-empt this by entering into Parliament as soon as possible and amend the constitution as a means of maintaining stability and investor confidence.

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