St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Governor General, H.E. Dame Susan Dougan has urged the country’s Prime Minister, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves to reach out to the opposition New Democratic Party (ULP), after it was able to secure the popular vote in the November 5 general elections.
The Governor’s General’s appeal came as she addressed the swearing in of the Prime Minister to his fifth consecutive term in that office. This, after his Unity Labour Party scored a 9-6 victory, also its fifth consecutive win, over the NDP in the recent general elections.
Dame Susan congratulated all the candidates who contested the general elections and highlighted Dr. Gonsalves’ unprecedented feat of five consecutive victories.
“I am sure that you are going down in the annals of history in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and throughout the Caribbean,” Governor General Dougan told the Prime Minister.
But it was the Governor General’s appeal to Gonsalves to reach out to the New Democratic Party that struck a chord with many Vincentians who would love to see a more united country.
“… I think it is important to draw on your experience, your maturity, your confidence, and your skills to take us through these difficult times. It’s going to be challenging and I also urge you to reach out to the NDP because the popular voices have spoken and there is a clear message in those voices,” the Governor General told the Prime Minister.
“I will also like to ask you to create a structure for healing in our society because I know emotions are high, and we will like all persons at the end of the election exercise ….. we all have to continue to build our country,” Governor General further advised the Prime Minister.
In a wider appeal, Governor General Dougan said that it was “important for all of us as citizens to move on as the election seems to be behind us, and we must start to build our country back again.”
The Supervisor of Elections-Mrs. Dora James, her Deputy Sylvester King and the team at the electoral office also came in for recognition by the Governor General, for ensuring that the democratic process unfolded without contention.
Also on Saturday, North Windward MP Montgomery Daniel who was also marking his fifth consecutive victory, was sworn as Deputy Prime Minister, along with Jaundy Martin who returns as Attorney General.