By Floyd French
( Basseterre , St. Kitts) Political Leader of the People’s Action Movement is upbeat over the recent election results in Grenada and sees it as part of the “wind of change that has been sweeping across the Caribbean .” Mr. Grant feels that St. Kitts-Nevis will soon be part of the “wind of change.”
In an interview, Mr. Grant noted a few similarities between the then opposition party of Mr. Tillman Thomas, who is now the new prime minister of Grenada .
Mr. Tillman Thomas’ National Democratic Congress (NDC) campaign was focused on government corruption, high cost of living and economic issues, according to Mr. Grant.
“I think we have similarities in terms of our campaign and the Grenada opposition party,” he said.
The theme of change, for Mr. Grant, was also an integral part of the NDC’s successful message to Grenadians. Moreover, that same theme is key in PAM’s campaign.
“They were also campaigning on the overall theme of change, which if you realise we are already campaigning on the change,” Mr. Grant added.
The PAM leadership issued a press release on July 9 about the opposition’s fortunes in Grenada, a few hours after the outcome of the election.
The General Election was a crushing defeat for the incumbent New National Party of outgoing Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell. Dr. Mitchell only had a one-seat majority, 8 to 7, from the last General Election in 2003. Now former Prime Minister Mitchell has been relegated to the opposition with only four seats.
Dr. Mitchell’s NNP was seeking a fourth consecutive term in government, something unprecedented in the recent political history of the region according to Mr. Grant. The PAM leader pointed to the recent changes of governments in Antigua and Barbuda , Jamaica , St. Lucia , The Bahamas, Barbados , Belize , Montserrat and Nevis .
When asked to comment on the wind of change and the Grenada election outcome at his monthly press conference on July 9, Prime Minister Denzil Douglas emphatically declared that he is not Mitchell.