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Prime Minister Drew asks former Governor-General ‘how do you want to leave the office?’

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By Devonne Cornelius

St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): St. Kitts and Nevis will witness the official installation of its fifth Governor-General on Saturday, February 04, 2023, but questions have been raised about how the former Governor-General left office. 

In a special interview with journalists on Friday (Feb. 03), Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Terrance Drew said, “when I went to visit the former Governor-General Sir Tapley Seaton, he and I had a discussion and I asked him ‘how do you want to leave the office?’

He gave me a timeline and I respected the timeline. He is the head of state and should not be asked to leave in disgrace or be treated in a disrespectful manner …He said to me his time would be up to the end of December because he wanted to put things in place and I said fine. I went back to see him again and he said I need some more time and I gave him until the end of January.”

While there was no official announcement by the Government or the Office of the Governor-General as to whether Sir Tapely Seaton resigned or was dismissed, the St. Kitts Nevis Information Service released a farewell message from the former Governor General.

The farewell message said, “I take this opportunity to express sincere thanks and appreciation to all who have assisted me in the discharge of my duties: these include my Administrative Staff, Gardeners, and other Support Staff at Government House who have served diligently enabling me to perform my duties.

I can only extend best wishes to everyone for the future and trust that you will be able to fulfill your expectations. Best wishes as well to my Successor for a successful tenure.”

Prime Minister Dr. Drew revealed that a committee will be set up to implement a comprehensive process on how former heads of state and heads of government should be treated

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