Revue de presse du lundi 30 juillet 2018
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REVUE DE PRESSE DU LUNDI 30 JUILLET 2018
POLITIQUE – DIPLOMATIE – AFFAIRES REGIONALES
Source : The Voice
Former Minister for Education and Culture in the last UWP Administration (2006-2011) Arsene James has died at the age of seventy-three (73). Mr James passed away in Martinique on Sunday 29th July 2018. He also served as Leader of the Opposition for a short period in 2003, as well as Parliamentary Representative for Micoud South for three electoral terms (15 years) after which he decided to pass the mantle of constituency representation to Allen Chastanet, who won the seat comfortably in the 2016 general elections to become Prime Minister. Mr James was also a public servant and an educator, being a Principal before entering politics.
Source : SKN Vibes
The Republic of China’s (Taiwan) Resident Ambassador to the Federation, His Excellency George Gow-wei Chiou, is bidding farewell to where he called home for the past three years. Ambassador Chiou who was deployed to the country in 2015 has fulfilled his duties to strengthen the long-standing and mutual friendship between the two countries. He will be succeeded by His Excellency Ambassador Tom Lee.
Source : Nation News
The Democratic Labour Party (DLP) is preparing to get out of the grave, after it was buried to death on 24th May by the Mia Mottley-led Barbados Labour Party. The DLP which failed to gain a single parliamentary seat at the elections will hold its annual general conference on 12th August to select a new president after former Prime Minister Freundel Stuart announced his retirement from elective politics. It should be noted that there are no new faces among those contending for that post.
ECONOMIE –AFFAIRE – FINANCE
Source : Antigua Observer
In an interview with an Indian journalist, Prime Minister Gaston Browne admitted that there might be cause to revoke the citizenship of Indian billionaire Mehul Choksi, after he was alleged to have been involved in a US$ 2.1 billion fraud scandal. The leader noted that his government will cooperate fully with the India government, while explaining that it will not rush to any decision. He made it clear that any possible revocation must go through due process.
Source : Now Grenada
At a ceremony which preceded the 91st Meeting of the Monetary Council of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank which took place in Grenada last Friday, Prime Minister of Dominica Roosevelt Skerrit handed over the chairmanship of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union to Prime Minister of Grenada Dr Keith Mitchell. The Monetary Council is the highest-decision making authority of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union.
SECURITE – JUSTICE – DROITS HUMAINS
Source : I Witness News
Despite receiving the report of the CARICOM Marijuana Commission earlier this month which urges the full decriminalisation of marijuana, with regulatory provisions similar to that of alcohol, Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves says he is not worried about the pressure that will be placed on his government for full-scale decriminalisation. Gonsalves says his government plans to decriminalise the drug for medicinal and religious purposes, but not for recreational use. Gonsalves also noted that in a recent poll, majority of the people do not want the drug to be decriminalised for recreational purposes.
Source : I Witness News
Former Prime Minister Sir James Mitchell has reacted to comments made by Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves that he is willing to bring a law before Parliament to replace the London-based Privy Council with the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice, if the Opposition would support it. Sir James, in whose favour the Privy Council has ruled a case, says the Constitution should be respected and a referendum should decide the opinion of Vincentians in that regard. The former leader has been and remains a strong advocate of the Privy Council.