St. Vincent PM sworn in after opposition protests cause riot police to be called out

ST VINCENT

Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves was sworn in last night, five hours later than scheduled as the National Democratic Party (NDP) refused to concede a one-seat defeat to the Unity Labour Party (ULP) in Wednesday’s general elections and supporters blocked the road to Governor General Sir Frederick Ballantyne’s residence.

Riot police had to be called out as the NDP demonstrators tried to prevent Gonsalves from taking the oath of office for a fourth consecutive time.

Declaring there had been fraud and irregularities during the vote, and insisting that Gonsalves should not be sworn in before a recount in the Central Leeward constituency and other disputed constituencies had been completed, the

NDP insisted it would not accept the results which gave it seven of the 15 seats in Parliament and the ULP the other eight – the result as in the 2010 elections.

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4 Comments

  1. Malgraysa
    December 13, 2015

    What I can see is a deeply divided country and notwithstanding mr. Gonsalves victory it does not bode well for the development of St. Vincent & the Grenadines. Unrest, particularly political unrest is not exactly what investors are looking for.

  2. FED UP
    December 12, 2015

    Wow them opposition in the region turning the Caribbean into a war zone.

  3. Baba Vanga
    December 11, 2015

    Those communists leaders never want to leave power u will have to punch dem out of office six ballot boxes missing recounts in central leeward but he want de power

  4. cameron
    December 11, 2015

    Another dictator in the caribbean and has not done nothing for the poor people,but our people are so dumb,cant expect much more from them.

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