Saint Christopher and Nevis. On the island of Nevis,
elections to the legislative assembly were held in January.
Countryaah, the Opposition Party Affected Citizens' Movement (CCM) won
and took home three of the five selectable seats. The ruling
Nevis renewal party (NRP) got the other two seats. On
January 27, CCM party leader Vance Amory sworn in as Nevi's
new prime minister and his government took office. In her
inaugural speech, Amory promised, among other things, lower
At the national level, there was also a political crisis
due to conflicts within the government. Prime Minister
Denzil Douglas dismissed a minister at the end of January
and a few days later the Deputy Prime Minister resigned.
Douglas and the two ministers disagreed on some issues.
Among other things, the Ministers were opposed to a proposal
by the Prime Minister to increase the number of senators in
the National Assembly.
The resignations of ministers weakened the government and
led to a deadlock in Parliament. The opposition tried to
conduct a vote of no confidence in the government, but
Douglas was afraid of losing and managed to stop the vote.
In October, thousands of people walked the streets of the
capital Basseterre and protested against the situation. The
two departed ministers, together with some other opposition
members, offered to form a national unity government. They
also appealed to other countries in the region to help
resolve the crisis.