Tuesday, January 23, 2018

‘Let the people decide leaders’ term limits’


St Lucia Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony says he believes term limits for government leaders should be decided by the people.

“I believe that’s a matter for the people to decide, and I share the view that the people of the country will decide whether they are tired of you or not,” Anthony said.

Anthony, a former law lecturer at The University of the West Indies (UWI), was speaking against the decision of the coalition People­’s Partnership Government in Trinidad and Tobago to introduce legislation to amend the country’s Constitution providing for two-term limit for prime ministers and the right to recall legislators. The amendment will also allow for voters to participate in a run-off vote if the winner of a seat in the general election does not command 50 per cent of the votes cast.

Anthony said the issues raised by his Trinidad and Tobago counterpart, Kamla Persad- Bissessar, were not new.

“These are issues that have been championed throughout the Caribbean,” Anthony said, adding the same issues are addressed in the report of the Constitutional Review Commission.

“I have no difficulty with term limits for members of Parliament if they commit serious infractions,” Anthony said. —CMC