Caribbean leaders congratulate Dr. Douglas on the 16th anniversary of his appointment as Prime Minister
BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, JULY 4TH 2011 (CUOPM) – While Caribbean leaders were witnessing the cutting of a cake to celebrate CARICOM DAY, and the end of the 32nd Regular Conference of the Caribbean Heads of Government, Acting Secretary General of the Caribbean Community, Her Excellency Ambassador Lolita Applewhaite, announced that July 4th was also a red-letter day for its new Chairman, host and four-term, St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister, Hon. Dr. Denzil Llewellyn Douglas.
July 4th also marked the 16th Anniversary of Dr. Douglas’ appointment as Prime Minister of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis.
It was on this date in 1995, that Dr. Douglas, as the National Political Leader of the then opposition St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party defeated the incumbent People’s Action Movement (PAM) Government of Dr. the Right Honourable Kennedy Alphonse Simmonds winning 7 seats to 1 on St. Kitts in the July 3rd poll.
Dr. Douglas’ Labour Party received 10,722 votes or 58.3% of the votes to Dr. Simmonds’ 7,530 votes or 41%.
Prime Minister Douglas was congratulated by several Caribbean leaders including the President of Guyana, His Excellency Bharrat Jagdeo; The President of Suriname, His Excellency, Desi Bouterse; the Prime Minister of Dominica, the Hon. Roosevelt; the Prime Minister of Barbados, the Hon. Freundel Stuart; the Foreign Minister, Dr. the Hon. Douglas Slater and CARICOM Acting Secretary General, Her Excellency Ambassador Applewhaite.