The Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines is now one of the most powerful leaders globally through a new role.
Gonsalves is the new president of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), the first CARICOM country to be elected to the position.
St Vincent and the Grenadines was unanimously elected to lead the 33-nation bloc at the latest CELAC summit which ended in Argentina last week. Gonsalves, 76, has a Marxist background and is known in Cuba as ‘mini Castro’. He is also referred to as ‘Comrade Ralph’ in his own country, where he has ruled since 2001, being re-elected four times. His appointment shows the left’s grip of CELAC.
The presidency is for a one-year term and is the institutional, technical and administrative support body of the CELAC. The post was most recently held by Argentina.
Gonsalves said he would rely on all CELAC’s members and organisations to help St Vincent and the Grenadines in “this very important task”.
He assured the group that “things are not falling apart, the centre is holding and we are not just having passion. We have commitment and that is very important.”
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