Gonsalves sworn in as PM

-after narrow victory, protests

Ralph Gonsalves was yesterday sworn in for a fourth terms as Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines despite a recount of votes and scattered protests.

His Unity Labour Party (ULP) won an unprecedented fourth term in office at Wednesday’s elections.

For a tense 30 minutes, the ULP and the New Democratic Party were locked at seven seats apiece. But even before the official results were announced, the pulsating strains of the ULP’s party song ‘Labour’ started blaring from the party’s house on Murray Street.

The pivotal constituency was that of Central Leeward, which was won by Sir Louis Straker for the ULP, tipping the balance 8-7. The official result came back just after 11 p.m. Straker was sworn in yesterday as Gonsalves’ deputy.

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