The oldest political party in the region returned to government in Saint Kitts and Nevis

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Posted: Saturday, August 6, 2022. 8:55 a.m. CST.

By Aaron Humes: The Saint Kitts and Nevis Labor Party won Friday’s snap general election, winning six of 11 available seats and ending a seven-year drought in opposition, according to the St. Kitts and Nevis Observer.

The Labor Party was formed in 1932, making it the oldest active political party in the Caribbean.

Labor won a majority led by new leader and elected Prime Minister Dr Terrance Drew, who contested his first election. Former leader and Prime Minister Dr Denzil Douglas was also re-elected.

The opposition will be formed by former coalition partners, the leader of the People’s Labor Party (PLP) and outgoing Prime Minister, Dr Timothy Harris, and the leader of the Peoples Action Movement (PAM), Shawn Richards. They are likely to be joined by the trio of Nevis representatives from the Concerned Citizens’ Movement (CCM), led by Mark Brantley.

The Team Unity alliance of the PLP, PAM, CCM and another party first came to power in the 2015 elections and won a second term in 2020. In 2022, tensions between the Prime Minister Harris and his coalition partners led them to file a no-confidence motion against him. Parties now in opposition have called on Governor-General Sir Tapley Seaton to sack Harris, prompting Seaton to remind them that he does not have that power under the federation’s constitution. Harris responded by calling for parliament to be dissolved before the no confidence motion was tabled.

Eleven of the fifteen seats in the National Assembly of Saint Kitts and Nevis are elected, with the remaining four members, called senators, being appointed by the Governor-General at some time after the election. The eleven elected seats are elected in single-member constituencies by majority vote.

The Organization of American States (OAS) and CARICOM observed the election.

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