Green Party in Grenada toppled Gold Rush Government following elections in the Caribbean
Grenada – Another doctor has become Prime Minister of a Caribbean Island nation and following elections in Grenada last night Dr. Keith Mitchell, leader of the New National Party has won by a shocking landslide – leaving absolutely no opposition.
The new is shocking this morning and has left BP observers scratching our heads.
Election Day was peaceful with little or no reported incidences at polling stations the people of Grenada have spoken and thrown their overwhelming behind Dr. Mitchell giving his party all 15-0 seats in parliament.
The landslide victory assures Dr Mitchell a place in Caribbean history books as the only leader in the region to execute such an upset twice within 15 years.
The country held its constitutionally due elections yesterday as it grappled with a high debt overhang and a hard hit tourism sector, brought on by the financial crisis.
“The country has been let down much in the past,” were among the first words of the Dr. Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister elect of Grenada just minutes after the announcement of his un-seating Tillman Thomas of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the polls.
Speaking with Caribbean Super Station, broadcasted locally on 93.9fm, the newly elected Prime Minister of the New National Party (NNP) said he is humbled at the overwhelming support.
Commenting on how the new NNP government, which campaigned on a platform of job creation to reduce the country’s 30% unemployment rate, intends to turn around the economic crisis, Mitchell said it will be a tough one.
“Our people are going to be a priority and rebuilding our businesses and of course our financial institutions- encouraging private, regional and international financial institutions to once again see Grenada as a field of play of investment.”
He added this has been one of the problems the country has faced, in that the economy has not grown.
He blamed the attacks on investors and the policies put in place by the former government for this.
“Instead of cooperating and bringing people together we have been attacking people and you will see a big change in that direction in the New National Party,” Mitchell promised.
He expressed the honour and humility he and his party feel at the overwhelming support, further promising to bridge the rift created during the campaign between supporters of both parties.
“It has a given me an opportunity for a deep sense of reflection and the tremendous responsibility given to me and the need for us as a team not to let our people down, we cannot afford to, the country has been let down too much,” Dr. Mitchell said.
Outgoing Prime Minister, Tillman Thomas, conceding his party’s loss even before the official declaration, said his party will continue advocating the policies they feel are beneficial to Grenada.
“We have left a good foundation in governance. I believe we restored integrity in governance. I am proud of what we have done in the last four and a half years. We have to go along with the wishes of the people.”
Thomas revealed that now the decision is up to the party on who the leader will be.
The TCI also elected a doctor recently in their recent elections.
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