Opposition Leader Tobias Clement has submitted to Governor General Dame Cecile La Grenade the names of two of the three persons that he wants her to appoint to the Senate in the Upper House of Parliament.
A source close to Clement told THE NEW TODAY that the names which were submitted earlier today to Dame Cecile are current National Democratic Congress (NDC) Senator Kerryne James from the Constituency of St John and Tessa St Cyr who is from the St. Andrew North-east constituency.
He said that the Opposition Leader has the right to appoint a third Senator but is leaving the door open to accommodate someone with a legal background who is currently out of the State.
He stated that Clement will not be keeping the two other opposition members of the Senate, Ron Redhead of Congress and former NDC Labour Minister Glynis Roberts who campaigned for the ruling New National Party (NNP) in the 2018 general election.
Like Clement, both James and St Cyr have associations to the American-owned St. George’s University (SGU) – an offshore medical school on the island.
According to the source, the newly appointed Opposition Leader has already selected a Secretary to run his office which is currently in the process of being established at Parliament building.
Grenada has been without a formal Opposition Leader in two general elections after the NNP won all seats in the 2013 and 2018 national polls.
Clements won the St. George North-east seat in the last election but resigned as a member of the NNP about five months ago after differences surfaced between himself and Prime Minister Mitchell.
The MP has voiced strong opposition to the manner in which the Prime Minister has removed the budget for Parliament from the Office of Parliament and placed it under the Ministry of Finance which is controlled by the Grenadian leader.
Speculation is rife that Clement will be seeking at some stage to form a political party.