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Contact: Rose Marie Harris


Tuesday 27 September 2011 Prime Minister Hon. Stephenson King has accepted the resignation of the island’s Minister for Physical Planning, Housing, Urban Renewal, Local Government and the environment Hon. Richard Frederick.


The minister resigned his position effective Monday September 26th after information on the revocation of his residential and diplomatic US visas


In a statement to the nation Monday evening Prime Minister King said the country’s development must not permit the government to be side-tracked.  Minister Frederick’s resignation the prime minister said permits him the time and opportunity to pursue this matter with the Embassy, in his personal capacity


“He has repeatedly assured my Cabinet and the general public that he has done nothing wrong or illegal to warrant the abrupt revocation of his visas.  In the absence of any evidence – or even a specific accusation – of wrongdoing on the part of Mr. Frederick, government will continue to pursue the matter at the diplomatic level.     At this time, there is no further elaboration that I can give on this matter.

“I would however like to re-iterate that our priority, as always, is to proceed with our task of governing on behalf of the people.  We will not be side-tracked.    I take this opportunity on behalf of my Cabinet colleagues to thank Mr. Frederick for his valuable contributions to the government and people of Saint Lucia.”


The prime minister will assume responsibility for the portfolios vacated by Mr. Frederick.

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