You are here

Ex-Grenada PM ready to step down as NDC leader

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Former Grenada Prime Minister Tillman Thomas says he is prepared to step down as leader of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and work with a new leader, to be chosen by the party. Thomas said so in an interview with the T&T Guardian hours after his party’s historic defeat in Tuesday’s general election, which saw the New National Party (NNP) led by Dr Keith Mitchell win all 15 seats.



“The leadership is not something that I want to hold on to...once somebody comes forward, I am prepared to let that person take over the responsibility of leadership of the party,” Thomas  said. Thomas said he was prepared and committed to work with that person to ensure the party is returned to power in the shortest possible time. He said the leadership issue would be determined at a party convention later in the year.


Asked to comment on the results, Thomas said he was “disappointed but not daunted, because we have laid a very good foundation in the last four and a half years in terms of governance.” Thomas said the party suffered a similar defeat in 1993 but recovered to win a subsequent election.


The NDC, while in office, did a good job in promoting “transparency and accountability in governance,” he said, but the defeat might have been caused by “the global economic crisis and internal (NDC) problems which created a lot of division and that affected us.” He insisted: “We are going to regroup and come again.” Thomas said the party has a good message for the people of Grenada. 


Even though the NDC was no longer in Parliament, he said, the party remained committed to good relations with T&T and  would do all it could to ensure relations between the states were strengthened in the years ahead. “We are going to strengthen that cultural and historical relationship that exists between our two countries,” he added. He said the NDC remained committed to uniting the people of the Caribbean region.


User comments posted on this website are the sole views and opinions of the comment writer and are not representative of Guardian Media Limited or its staff.

Guardian Media Limited accepts no liability and will not be held accountable for user comments.

Guardian Media Limited reserves the right to remove, to edit or to censor any comments.

Any content which is considered unsuitable, unlawful or offensive, includes personal details, advertises or promotes products, services or websites or repeats previous comments will be removed.

Before posting, please refer to the Community Standards, Terms and conditions and Privacy Policy