St Vincent and the Grenadines holds a general election on Nov. 5 and the leader of the opposition is confident of ousting long term prime minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves.
The leader of St Vincent and the Grenadines’ main opposition New Democratic Party, Dr Godwin Friday, has welcomed the announcement, saying the party had been waiting five years for the opportunity to remove the ruling Unity Labour Party from office.
“It is time for a change, my people. It is time to give me and the New Democratic Party and this outstanding, unprecedented team that we have put together to represent our people and to form government and deliver our people,” Friday said.
Gonsalves, 74, is seeking an unprecedented fifth consecutive term in power and has already indicated to political parties that they should be prepared to “take their licks like a man”.
Gonsalves told party supporters: “I have served you with immense caring, dedication, commitment, hard and smart work and, above all, with a profound love for my country, our people and our Caribbean civilisation. I have been with you joyously at the mountain tops of achievements and together we have accomplished mighty things for our nation. And together again, we will talk about more progress and prosperity for St Vincent and the Grenadines.”
But Friday, 61, who is leading the NDP into a general election for the first time, said the poll is “important” insisting that change is necessary if the island is to progress into the future in a changing global environment.