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Timothy Harris

 

Timothy Harris

The Honourable
Timothy Harris
Prime Minister of Saint Kitts and Nevis
Assumed office
18 February 2015
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor General Edmund Lawrence
Samuel Weymouth Tapley
Seaton
Preceded by Denzil Douglas
Personal details
Born (1964-01-14) 14 January 1964
Tabernacle, Saint Kitts and
Nevis
Political party Labour Party (Before 2013)
People's Labour Party
(2013–present)
Other political
affiliations
Team Unity (2013–present)
Alma mater University of the West
Indies

Concordia University

Timothy Sylvester Harris (born January 14, 1964 in Tabernacle, Saint Kitts) is the current Prime Minister of Saint Kitts and Nevis, he previously served as the foreign minister from August 10, 2001 to January 25, 2013.[1] Harris grew up in the rural village of Tabernacle. He attended the Cayon High School and Basseterre High School before making his journey to six university campuses, two in the Caribbean and four in Canada.

History

In 1988, Harris graduated from the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies with a B.Sc. degree with a First Class Honours in Accounting. The only graduate of the B.Sc. Accounting programme to obtain this distinction. He also received the Victor Crooke Prize for Best Accounting Student. He returned home and worked for two years at managerial level with S. L. Horsfords and Co Ltd.

In 1990-92 he pursued his M.Sc. degree in Accounting at the St. Augustine Campus of UWI in Trinidad and Tobago. He graduated top of the class with an M.Sc. degree with a Distinction in Accounting.

In 2001 Harris successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. The doctoral programme is a joint Ph.D. programme involving Concordia University, McGill and two francophone universities: H.E.C. and UQAM. Harris holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Administration majoring in Accounting.

Harris participated in elective politics in 1993 and since then won his seat on the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party ticket, in each parliamentary elections held in 1995, 2000, 2004, and 2010. Dr Harris has been: Minister of Agriculture, Lands and Housing, Minister of Education, Labour and Social Security, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Education and Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Trade, Industry and Commerce. He has published several works and received several awards, including the St. Kitts Youth Council Award for Excellence in Education, the FESTAB Community Award for outstanding contribution to FESTAB and a certificate for outstanding contribution to the Cayon High School.

In 2013 the Prime Minister fired Harris from the cabinet. Harris established the People's Labour Party (PLP) later in the year. In the buildup to the 2015 general elections the PLP formed the Team Unity alliance with the People's Action Movement and the Concerned Citizens' Movement. The alliance won the elections, and although the PLP won only one seat, Harris became the third Prime Minister of independent St. Kitts and Nevis on 16 February. He succeeded the incumbent Denzil Douglas who served a historic near 20 year tenure.

References

  1. ^ http://www.cuopm.com/?p=5781 Prime Minister dismisses Minister Harris

External links

  • St. Kitts & Nevis - Government of St. Kitts and Nevis official website
  • United Nations - Permanent Mission of St. Kitts and Nevis to the United Nations Statement by His Excellency Dr. Timothy Harris
  • Office of the Prime Minister - Harris dismissed by Prime Minister
Political offices
Preceded by
Denzil Douglas
Prime Minister of Saint Kitts and Nevis
2015–present
Incumbent
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