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BILLIONS IN DEBT BLOCKING GOV’T FROM HANDING OUT END OF YEAR INCENTIVES SAYS DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER

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The St. Kitts and Nevis government plans to dish out up to XCD $35 million in bonuses to its public servants and in Grenada government employees there have been promised an “appreciation payout”. And in time for the holiday shopping season, the Barbados government offered a VAT free shopping day to its citizens. Deputy Prime Minister Dr. Ernest Hilaire is pointing to multimillion dollar borrowing during the former UWP Administration further compounded by the economic downturn caused by the COVID pandemic for restricting the government’s ability to offer end of year incentives.


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UWP LEADER ACCEPTS RESPONSIBILITY FOR ELECTION LOSS

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Political leader of the United Workers Party Allen Chastnet has proffered effective strategy by his then opposition, as a contributing factor to the notable loss recorded at the polls. Examining the expected direction of the entity now fielding two opposition seats within parliament, the former prime minister identified internal challenges as an additional contributor to the UWP’s transition from power.

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SPEAKING ORDER DEADLOCK CONTINUES AS CHASTANET/HILAIRE BOTH DOUBLE DOWN

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Will the Opposition Leader for a second consecutive time miss out on an opportunity to contribute to a significant legislative process? The ongoing Budget debate concludes on April 29. Ahead of the official commencement on April 28 Mr. Chastanet made clear his preference to speak right before the Prime Minister deliver’s his rebuttal. Meanwhile, Leader of Government Business, Dr. Ernest Hilaire, made a final plea to the Opposition Leader to accept his “reasonable” offer to speak earlier or risk losing his chance all together.


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CHASTANET WANTS COURTS TO OVERTURN CUSTOMS DECISION TO WITHDRAW CASE AGAINST HILAIRE

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MBC Prime can confirm Opposition Leader Allen Chastanet and his legal team is seeking a judicial review in the High Court to challenge the decision by Customs Comptroller Shurman Emmanuel to withdraw charges against Deputy Prime Minister Dr. Ernest Hilaire in relation to the 2015 importation of a luxury vehicle.


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