Commends Premier Amory
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – FORMER Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas has expressed congratulations to the new leader of the Concern Citizens Movement (CCM), Hon. Mark Brantley for his ascendency to the helm of that party.
“I should use this opportunity to express my congratulations to Mark Brantley for taking the leadership of the CCM from Vance Amory,” Douglas told SKNVibes News.
At the CCM’s Convention held at the Nevis Performing Arts Center (NEPAC) on Sunday (OCT. 29), Nevis’ Premier, the Hon. Vance Amory symbolically handed over the party’s hammer to Deputy Premier Hon. Mark Brantley.
Amory had been at the helm of the party for close to 30 years.
During the interview with SKNVibes, Dr. Douglas offered words of commendation to Amory for the work he did over the years to get the party elected in the local elections.
“I think it is an opportunity for me as well to commend Vance for the service that he has provided to the CCM and to the people of Nevis as Premier over the years – having of course led the CCM that form the government in the Nevis Island Assembly and Administration over the years.”
The Opposition Leader noted that Premier Amory had “worked hard for the advancement of the welfare of the people of Nevis”.
Dr. Douglas also stated : “He (Amory) appeared to be well-loved by the people of Nevis. And it is always a good sign of when you are endeared to the people; it makes it easier to get your policy across, support in and out of the Nevis Island Assembly in your duties to administer the affairs of the country.
“So I would say that from the longevity of service and from where he stood and now stand, having not been defeated, I think that he did very well.”
The handing-over was the first time in the political history of St. Kitts and Nevis that an elected representative passed on the leadership of a party without being unseated.
In his speech at the convention, Amory intimated that all he wanted to do was “serve the people of Nevis”.
“And if I have served the people of Nevis, and I hope we have served them well, then it is due to the fact that you allowed me to serve you. That doesn’t do with me because I only have one vote.”