ST. GEORGE'S, Grenada (Reuters) -- The parliament of Grenada was
dissolved on Wednesday, paving the way for national elections within 90
days in the tiny Caribbean spice island invaded by the United States in 1983.
No date has been set for the new elections, which must be scheduled at
21 days in advance of voting.
Grenada's ruling New National Party (NNP) was plunged into crisis last
week by the resignation of its Foreign Minister Raphael Fletcher, which left it
with a minority seven of parliament's 15 seats.
Grenada, a prodigious producer of nutmeg and an upscale tourist destination
at the southern end of the Caribbean Windward Islands chain, is home to
about 97,000 people.
It gained worldwide fame in October 1983 when the United States invaded
after a radical faction of its Cuba-backed Marxist government seized power,
killing Prime Minister Maurice Bishop and 15 followers.
Prime Minister Keith Mitchell told the nation late on Tuesday he had asked
Governor-General Sir Daniel Williams to dissolve parliament.
"He was to deliver the budget tomorrow and the opposition also was
intending to present a motion of no confidence," Mitchell's spokeswoman,
Nancy McGuire, said. "He made the decision to dissolve parliament."
The NNP won eight seats in the last elections in June 1995. The National
Democratic Congress held four, the Grenada United Labour Party two and
the Democratic Labour Party just one.
Former Health Minister Grace Duncan, who was dismissed and withdrew
support for the NNP last year, held her seat in parliament. Her party
affiliation was uncertain, McGuire said.
Copyright 1998 Reuters.