by Devonne Cornelius
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Member of Parliament for East Basseterre, the Hon. Dr. Geoffrey Hanley says if he is called to succeed Dr. Denzil L. Douglas as the Political Leader of the St. Kitts and Nevis Labour Party, he will not give the red light to such an opportunity.
The Opposition Parliamentarian responded to the question posed on WINN’s popular “Voices” program on Friday, April 30, 2021.
“If the party members, the rank and file, demonstrate that they want me as their leader, and we have a democratic process, I will not reject such an opportunity. I do not see such evidence as yet but I stand ready and properly prepared to take on that mantle with God’s guidance and his leading,” Dr. Hanley said.
According to Caribbean Elections’ website, the 89-year-old SKNLP is the oldest active political party in the Commonwealth Caribbean. Under Dr. Douglas’s leadership, the SKNLP won general elections in 1995, 2000, 2004, and 2010.
The SKNLP lost at the polls in 2015 and 2020, to the three-party Team Unity alliance of the People’s Action Movement (PAM), the Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM), and the People’s Labour Party (PLP).
Dr. Geoffrey Hanley defeated Ian “Patches” Liburd of the People’s Action Movement in the June 05, 2020, general elections.