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Richards Calls for Unity as Party Rubber Stamps New Executive


by Staff reporter

St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Shawn Richards, the former Leader of the People’s Action Movement (PAM), has issued a rallying call for the political organization to unite behind its new leader, Natasha Grey-Brookes, as a new executive takes the helm.

The party has been in a rebuilding phase since suffering a defeat in the snap elections of 2022, following the collapse of the coalition government in which it participated. Consequently, a number of disgruntled party supporters departed.

Richards, speaking at Sunday’s Party Convention, urged all former members to return and throw their support behind attorney-at-law Natasha Grey-Brookes.
“Now is the time for all PAMites who left the party to come back home. Come back home to the party that you know is best for the country. Come back home to PAM.”

While advocating for unity, Richards also cautioned the new executive to be mindful of the alliances they forge, as the party navigates its recovery from the fallout of the 2022 collapse.

“My final words of advice to the new leadership and the membership generally, let us continue to put country above self. Let us continue to put people first. Let us choose our friends wisely and let us avoid any type of friendship that cannot be trusted. Therefore, let us not repeat the mistakes of the past,”

Earlier in April, the former government minister confirmed that he would not seek re-election. During the party’s convention, he reassured Constituency Five of his steadfast commitment to their cause and that of the party.

“Now, to the people of Sandy Point, I will remain your representative in the National Assembly today, tomorrow, and until you tell me otherwise. I urge each member to clap hands around our incoming leader, Mistress Natasha Shanigre Brooks, as she begins the task of rebuilding the party and readying the various arms and organs in the political battle to rescue this country from an administration that promised better but has fast become a great disappointment, even to its own members. To the new executive members, especially those being elevated for the very first time, I admonish you to be active and productive and to work united as a team led for the first time by a woman, a mother, a wife, a lawyer, but more importantly, a potential Prime Minister.”

Richard urged the party leaders to continue maintaining the strong diplomatic relations established since independence.


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