Governors General Designate E. Neville Cenac does not have the approval of the Opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party [SLP].
The SLP convened an 11th January press conference to publicly reject Cenac as the successor to Dame Pearlette Louisy who remains the longest serving Governors General in the Commonwealth.
Leader of the Opposition Philip J. Pierre expressed gratitude and extended best wishes to Dame Pearlette who was appointed by the 1997 SLP Administration led by former Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony. Pierre again raised concerns over what he called a “messy” transition process.
Opposition Leader Pierre and 1st Deputy Leader Alva Baptiste took turns in expressing their disapproval of Neville Cenac as Head of State, putting his controversial political past into sharp focus.
The Opposition has issued a vote of no confidence in what they deemed a perplexing choice for Head of State.
Pierre claims the Opposition has the backing of Laborie constituents who alleges opposes Prime Minister Allen Chastanet’s decision to appoint Cenac as Governors General.
The Constitution mandates consultation between the Opposition and Executive before a final decision on the appointment of Governors General. Pierre has accused Prime Minister Chastanet of sidestepping convention, which he says has deepened the political divide.
The Governor General Designate will be officially installed on 12 January. Dame Pearlette’s departure from the post took effect on 31 December, 2017.
Not having an Acting Governor General has left observers worried about a potentially far-reaching constitutional crisis.