CARIBBEAN: St. Vincent PM sworn in as protests caused riot police to be deployed

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CARIBBEAN360 – 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.

The NDP supporters and police scuffled and there was even a face to face confrontation involving Sir Louis Straker, who won the Central Leeward seat by 314 votes, and ULP leader Arnhim Eustace, as tensions ran hight.

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3 comments

  1. I don't understand Ralph's rush. If he really was the winner, then a few days is not going to change anything. But Ralph seems to think he owns the country now, and that can be a very dangerous thing.

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  2. Kenny b ware.

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  3. messay if is that ralph is no good then, mama all that just so that the people dont want him to be prime minister again huh if the people can get on so i guess they really dont want him

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