ST. VINCENT-Prime Minister Gonsalves hints at a fifth term

Dr Ralph-Gonsalves

Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, one of the longest-serving head of government in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is hinting at seeking a fifth term in office.

And Gonsalves, 72, who first led his Unity Labour Party (ULP) into office in the 2001 general election when it won 12 of the 15 seats, is confident that he will be victorious again.

Prime Minister and ULP leader, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves

“I know if I go back I will win again — as the sun shines tomorrow,” said Gonsalves, who has been a legislator for the past 25 years.

He told reporters that his confidence has nothing to do with rigging elections and that he “might answer the call from the people not to walk away yet.

“Because some things I hear some people talking, I might have to stand up in the front line and take them on very sharply,” he said.

Gonsalves has long signalled his intention to step away from elective politics, telling party supporters that he would only contest the North Central Windward constituency if asked by the party.

During the campaign for the 2015 general election, which the ULP won by an eight to seven margin for a second consecutive time, Gonsalves had asked supporters to give him another term to prepare a new generation of ULP  leaders.

Political observers say that the party has shown some signs of transition, pointing to the decision of the prime minister last year to assign the finance ministry portfolio, which he had held since 2001,  to his son, Camillo Gonsalves, who is into his first term as Member of Parliament for East St. George.

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  1. Wow, wow!!
    Wait! Why black leaders, it appears, think that they should rule till them dead?
    Nobody else can lead? Isn’t it unfair that other civil servants have cutoff service time, but these have none?

  2. Power is sweet! Politicians do not know when to let go. It is one of the failings of our democratic style of government. I will always support a constitution amendment that will limit Prime Ministers to no more than two terms in office, much like the United States. If we do not do that, then they become entrenched and want to rule forever and then become more and more corrupt. Politicians have two goals… get elected and to get re-elected. And of course, they have all made certain that once they serve at least two terms in the upper or lower house, whatever happens after that, they go home with a full pension equivalent to their last salary. No one smarter than a POLITICIAN.

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