Revue de presse du 13 février 2017
AMBASSADE DE FRANCE A SAINTE-LUCIE
REVUE DE PRESSE DU LUNDI 13 FEVRIER 2017
The Opposition St Lucia Labour Party has accused Prime Minister Allan Chastanet of hypocrisy in seeking to amend the Elections Act. PM Chastanet also questioned the SLP motive to oppose the Pearl of the Caribbean project planned for Vieux Fort, claiming that the opposition party had another investment proposal which they did not make public.
SECURITE ET JUSTICE
Antiguans and Barbudans are being told by local, regional and international attorneys to reject the policy which the government recently declared regarding the establishment of a data bank of fingerprints. They have deemed the plan as unjustifiable and to be an invasion of one’s privacy. A local attorney has also dismissed the notion that such would assist in crime fighting.
Dominica News Online
Opposition Legislator Dr Thomas Fontaine who was detained by members of the Special Security Unit on Sunday afternoon has been released pending investigations. He had to report to the Police Headquarters on Monday morning. The Leader of the Opposition says that he was taken into custody “under instructions from the Skerrit dictatorship to imprison him for speaking the truth”.
A panel comprising law officials, to include the former Attorney General, delved into the topic “Fundamental rights and freedoms”. They said that social media has played a huge role in persons no longer able to get a fair trial ; a right afforded them by the Constitution. One of them also blames “irresponsible journalism” for the problem.
The board members of the Barbados Monetary Authority recently issued an ultimatum to Central Bank Governor Dr DeLisle to step down. The Minister of Finance has met with the Governor who has resisted anyone from forcing him out of office. The Government can find itself in a legal battle should action be taken against the Governor since he contract was renewed for a second 5 year term.
Dominica News Online
CARICOM condemns the vandalism to private property and businesses which took place in Dominica last Tuesday. CARICOM is deeply distressed at those events and urges the citizens to restraint and maintain order and peace in the society.
St Lucia Times
Martinique 1ère has reported that Saint Lucians are among the bulk of foreign workers in Martinique. They are found mainly in the banana and construction industries. This is as a result of the absence of a skilled labour force.