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Posted: Tuesday, July 26, 2022. 9:29 am CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: On Monday, Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves of St. Vincent and the Grenadines proposed a referendum to ask the nation to decide whether or not to replace Queen Elizabeth with a non-executive, home-grown president as head of state, Loop reports.

The Prime Minister told parliament that the idea of a referendum would be pursued if it received bipartisan support.

“I will tell you this. I am prepared, if the opposition agrees today, before the end of the year or early next year to put one question in a referendum: to have a home-grown president in the manner in which I’ve just described, a non-executive president, and as was laid out in the proposed constitution, and let us go with that one single issue to the people to complete the national democratic task,” Gonsalves stated.

 Last year, Barbados removed the Queen of England as head of state and elected Dame Sandra Mason as its first local head of state.

In addition, Prime Minister Gonsalves noted that if there is support for the referendum, a committee could be established for national honors  “to carry out a process of decolonization in names.

“We change the name of Victoria Park. We change the name of Higginson Street and other places. Murrays Road, cause is a colonial administrator. And we do that, especially at this time of fresh hope”, he asserted.

 

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