Vincentians have been assured that the Oaths by Officials Bill which was passed in Parliament yesterday will not change this country’s constitutional or legal relationship with Britain’s Queen Elizabeth Second.
The amendment allows for public officials to swear allegiance to the state of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, rather than to Queen Elizabeth the Second.
In presenting the Bill, Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves said the amendment to the law makes it more consistent with the sensibilities of the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
In contributing to debate on the measure, Minister of Economic Planning, Camillo Gonsalves stressed that there was nothing sinister about the Bill.
Parliament has adjourned until June 20th 2016.