by Kevon Browne
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The Governor General of St. Kitts and Nevis has proclaimed the opening of a new session of parliament.
Following the proclamation came the election of and swearing in of Hon Lanien Blanchette, the new Speaker of the House of Assembly.
New Opposition Senator, Hon Latoya Bianca Jones, has been elected as the new Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly.
Elected and appointed Ministers of Government then swore allegiance to His Majesty King Charles III.
The Governor General’s Deputy, Her Excellency Marcella Althea Liburd Esq, JP, delivered the Throne Speech on behalf of H.E. Sir SW Tapley Seaton.
In an hour-long Throne Speech, HE Marcella Liburd outlined the government’s agenda and focus for the next five years, speaking of social and economic initiatives to address the current need of the Federation and the plans for advancement in the future.
“For the next five years, our government will focus on transforming our economy into one that is diversified and resilient. Our government will explore and cease the opportunities that are available from the development of the digital, green, blue and orange economies. Emphasis will be placed on building a society with more equity fostering love and harmony amongst all our people, and maintaining Peace, Justice and Liberty for all.”
On the Adjournment of the opening of the new session of Parliament, Speaker of the House, Hon Lanien Blanchette, said she was humbled by the support she has received and acknowledged the weight of her new role.
Blanchette addressed the increased number of women in the new session of parliament.
“Honorable members, a positively glaring feature of the current makeup of this honourable house is the increased number of female parliamentarians. Gender equality is a topical issue in the world at large, and I am delighted to see the progress that we as a country have made in this regard.”
The Speaker continued, “When we empower women as leaders and decision-makers, the community and the economy benefit; having female leaders in positions of influence allow them to serve as role models, which is not only critical to the career advancement of women but stands to generate broader societal impacts on pay equity, changing workplace policies in a way that benefits both men and women and attracting a more diverse workforce. May we continue to ensure that women have a seat at the table.”
The first meeting of the National Assembly will be held on Thursday, October 27 at 10:00 am at the National Assembly Chamber, Government Headquarters, Basseterre.