Written by on April 7, 2017

Government ministers in St. Lucia walk out of a Parliament sitting.

On Tuesday, members of the main opposition St. Lucia Labour Party (SLP) walked out of Parliament after realizing their motion regarding the controversial Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP) had not been included on the sittings’ Order Paper.

Opposition leader, Philip J. Pierre questioned the absence of the motion, to which Speaker, Leonne Theodore-John, apologized for failing to notify Parliament that Prime Minister Allen Chastanet requested it be deferred.

After a heated exchange, Pierre lead his colleagues out of the Chamber saying they refuse to participate because it was improper for a motion which had already been circulated to be altered without notice, and that there had been no notice of any matters on the Order Paper.

SLP party members called the move illegal, accused the government of abusing parliamentary procedure, and accused Prime Minister Chasanet of attempting to keep deals he made under the Citizenship by Investment Program hidden.

While Chastanet’s ruling United Workers Party called the opposition’s walk-out orchestrated, disrespectful and childish, saying they believe the real reason the opposition walked out was to avoid facing reprisal over the Crown Proceedings Bill which was listed on the sittings Order Papers.

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