Revue de presse du lundi 23 avril 2018
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REVUE DE PRESSE DU LUNDI 23 AVRIL 2018
POLITIQUE - DIPLOMATIE
In an open letter the Barbados Labour Party Leader Mia Mottley made a plea to Prime Minister Freundel Stuart to call the election for the country’s sake. Mottley says she was making an appeal on behalf of Barbadians because the country is on pause and the people are suffering. Although she says her party is ready to fight the poll, she noted it did not matter who emerged victorious, but the rot has to stop so as to breathe new life and hope into the country.
The case involving the Opposition Leader, Dr Denzil Douglas’s, eligibility to sit in the National Assembly as an elected Representative owing to his Dominican Diplomatic passport was called last Friday. Attorneys for the Opposition Leader filed a Consent Order whereby Douglas gave an undertaking to confirm in writing within seven days the number of countries where he gained entry with the said passport and the number of times he did so for the period July 2015 to January 2018. Douglas also undertook to present the same passport to the Presiding Judge for inspection. The next hearing is scheduled for 30th May 2018.
SECURITE - JUSTICE – DROITS HUMAINS
Another referendum will soon be conducted in Grenada for the country to become a member of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). In November 2016, Grenadians voted against the CCJ becoming their final court. Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell says he regrets the defeat for the court noting that his government should have done more to encourage voters to accept the CCJ, particularly since the country deepens its political independence from Britain.
The Minister responsible for the Prison says the only solution for the problems plaguing the country’s prison is to build a new one. Besides the prison being overcrowded, the 2017 Antigua & Barbuda Human Rights Report indicate that prison guards are involved in bribery and corruption and they are allegedly smuggling contrabands to prisoners. A new proposal will soon be presented to Cabinet for the construction of the new facility. The Minister went further to state that the problem is not only unique to his country but the prison situation in the entire Caribbean is of grave concern.
St Lucia Times
Former Deputy Police Commissioner and National Security Minister, Hermangild Francis, was among those present at the march held in Soufriere last week Friday in support of decriminalising cannabis. The Minister says his presence at the march was in keeping with an election campaign promise made by his political party to look into regularising marijuana. He also declared that it is his aim to see a relaxing of the current marijuana legislation in the country in the near future.
FRANCE - EU
The European Union will provide assistance to the health sector of Grenada, through the Government’s Public Financial Management (PFM) reform agenda. The EU signed an agreement with the small island state for just under one million euros to support that agenda which is in line with the Growth and Poverty Reduction Strategy. Some of the funds will go towards capacity building which will assist the Government to efficiently implement project and programmes.