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UWP CHAIRMAN PINKLEY FRANCIS STEPS DOWN

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The main Opposition’s ranks appear to be waning in the aftermath of the July 26 general election. Pinkley Francis served as United Workers Party chairman in the run-up to the 2021 polls. He confirmed his departure from the UWP with MBC Prime on October 7. The surprise announcement comes weeks after ex-Castries Mayor Peterson Francis, appointed under the former Chastanet led Administration, penned the former chairman requesting he along with other UWP executives remove themselves from a proposed review of the Party’s failed reelection bid. Despite his resignation from the chairmanship, Pinkley Francis says there is, “…no love lost…” between him and the UWP.


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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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PIERRE SHUTS DOWN UWP ALLEGATIONS OF TARGETED PUBLIC SERVICE TERMINATIONS

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The Philip J Pierre Administration has seemingly broken from the post-election practice of parting ways with personnel appointed during the reign of the previous Administration – for now. The Prime Minister stresses his Labour Administration intends to discontinue the practice he says was glorified under the reign of the former Chastanet Administration.

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DID THE EX-PRIME MINISTER ADMIT TO DEPRIVING OPPOSITION MPs THEIR SHARE OF CDP FUNDS?

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Leader of the Opposition Allen Chastanet responded to allegations Opposition Members of Parliament were deprived of state resources during his tenure as Prime Minister. During a December 7 talk show appearance, the ex-Prime Minister first refuted then seemingly acknowledged the then Opposition MPs were not given a share of the Taiwanese sponsored Constituency Development Funds. Meanwhile a new cycle of STEP work is underway and Prime Minister Philip J Pierre assures his Opposition counterparts will provided with the resources to run their constituencies.

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