The vote ended a reign of 20-years by the Labour party, headed by Denzil Douglas, who has been prime minister since 1995. He conceded defeat and offered his congratulations to a three-party Team Unity opposition coalition. It was made up of an amalgamation of People’s Action Movement, the Concerned Citizens Movement and the People’s Labour party.
“Today is a great day! Team Unity has won the general election,” Timothy Harris, the prime minister-elect, said in a statement. He was once in the Douglas cabinet. In the campaign, the coalition accused the Douglas’ administration of autocratic tendencies and making poor economic decisions, among other charges. They vowed to lower the cost of living, remove a value-added tax from foods and medicine, and create some 2,000 new jobs.
Douglas, 62, was the Caribbean’s longest serving leader, first coming to office 20 years ago and seeking his fifth term.
St Kitts and Nevis is one of the smallest independent countries in the world.
Just days before the vote, a ruling by Britain’s privy council days threw the process into turmoil. The government was accused of trying to rig the result when it declared new boundaries a month before the poll.
With just days to go until the vote, the London court, the final court of appeal for St Kitts and Nevis, ordered that the previous boundaries be used.
— Source: Reuter Feb 18
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