Grenada has a leader of the opposition for the first time in seven years.
The vacant seat of leader of the opposition was filled on Tuesday for the first time since 2013 with the appointment of Tobias Clement, a former member of the ruling New National Party.
The office became vacant in 2013 following the general election that year when the NNP won all 15 seats in the House.
Before Clement, the leader of the opposition was Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell who held that post from 2008 to 2013.
Clement campaigned as the NNP candidate for the general elections in 2013 and 2018 and won his seat as the Member of Parliament for the constituency of St George’s North East area.
He however resigned from the party four months ago and indicated that he will not abandon his constituents.
Clement took the oath of office and received his instrument of appointment from Governor-General Dame Cecile La Grenade.
He will be on the only opposition member in the House of Representative and as Leader of the Opposition, he will, among other things be appointed as Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, appoint three opposition senators and occupy the office of opposition leader in the Parliament building.
His first task as opposition leader was to attend a virtual meeting of the finance committee in which the members are reviewing a revised appropriation bill to facilitate the proposal presented in the COVID-19 stimulus package as announced by Prime Minister Mitchell six weeks ago.