Dickon Mitchell of the centre-left National Democratic Congress (NDC) party was sworn in as Grenada’s new prime minister on June 24. Photo: St. Vincent Times
Grenada’s centre-left opposition party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC), won the general elections held in the Caribbean nation on Thursday, June 23. According to results released by the Parliamentary Elections Office (PEO), the NDC won 9 of the 15 seats in the House of Representatives. The centre-right New National Party (NNP) led by outgoing Prime Minister Keith Mitchell won the remaining 6 seats. With the NDC’s resounding victory, 44-year-old lawyer Dickon Mitchell was elected the new Prime Minister of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique.
Following its electoral victory, the NDC thanked the citizens for their support through a message posted on its Facebook account. “This victory is not ours, but yours…Together, we are moving Grenada forward!” “wrote the NDC.
On the morning of June 24, Dickon Mitchell, who took the helm of the NDC eight months ago, was sworn in by Governor General Cécile La Grenade as Prime Minister for the period 2022-2027. In his inaugural address, Mitchell expressed his gratitude to the people for their overwhelming support and pledged to strengthen democracy and work with the opposition for the good of the nation.
Former Prime Minister Keith Mitchell, 75, who was seeking a sixth term and a third consecutive election victory, congratulated new Prime Minister Dickon Mitchell and promised to play a constructive role as Leader of the Opposition.
In the 2013 and 2018 general elections, Keith Mitchell’s NNP swept the polls, winning all 15 seats in the lower house of parliament. The elections were due to take place in June next year. However, in May Keith Mitchell called for a snap election. On May 16, he asked the Governor General to dissolve Parliament and set June 23 as the date for the general election.
The new Prime Minister, Dickon Mitchell, has pledged to improve health care, reduce unemployment and poverty, build affordable housing and boost education.
Grenada joined the Bolivarian Peoples Alliance of Our America-People’s Trade Agreement (ALBA-TCP) in December 2014 under the administration of former Prime Minister Keith Mitchell. The country has benefited from the regional integration mechanism in the areas of education and health. ALBA-TCP member countries hope to strengthen regional cooperation with the new government.
Several heads of state and government have congratulated Mitchell on his election.
Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel, in a Tweetercongratulated Dickon Mitchell and ratified the “will of the country to continue advancing in the development of friendly relations and cooperation between Grenada and Cuba, for the benefit of the peoples of both nations.
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro also sent greetings. “We send our sincere congratulations and the commitment to continue consolidating the bonds of brotherhood with the peoples of the Caribbean,” he added. tweeted.
The Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, Philip Pierre, also congratulated his Grenadian counterpart. “On behalf of the government and people of Saint Lucia, I would like to congratulate Prime Minister-elect Dickon Mitchell and the NDC on their election victory. You have the opportunity to shape the future of your country in accordance with the collective aspirations of the people,” he wrote in a Tweeter.
The Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Ralph Gonsalves, also sent his best wishes and Express that “I look forward to working with the new government to move the regional agenda forward.