Monday 4th July therefore signaled the 16th year since Denzil L. Douglas has been the political leader of the twin island Federation of St. Kitts & Nevis.
In 1995 the Labour Party was able to secure a landslide majority of 7 seats to defeat the then ruling People’s Action Movement, (PAM), which secured only 1 seat. PAM at the time was being led by Dr. Kennedy Simmonds, now Sir Kennedy, who with the defeat ended a 15 year run as the Head of Government.
The other three seats in the Federal Parliament were divided between the Nevis Reformation Party, NRP, with 1 seat and the Concerned Citizens Movement, CCM, 2.
Douglas has since been re-appointed Prime Minister in 2000, 2004, and 2010, making him the longest serving leader on the country, surpassing Sir Kennedy’s tenure by one year.
Douglas was able to celebrate his 16th year while chairing the 32nd Regular Meeting o the Caribbean Community, CARICOM, which has just wrapped up in Basseterre.
A number of the Prime Minister’s colleagues used the opportunity to congratulate him and to share in his milestone achievement.
Amongst those who joined in the brief celebrations and extended congratulatory words, were CARICOM Acting Secretary General, Ambassador Lolita Applewhaite, the Prime Minister of Barbados, Freundel Stuart; the President of Guyana, Bharrat Jagdeo; the Prime Minister of Dominica, Roosevelt and the President of Suriname, , Desi Bouterse.
The St. Kitts & Nevis Prime Minister was supported by some of the other Heads of Government in the cutting of a cake, which Dr. Douglas did with Ambassador Applewhaite.