Grenada's second-largest party without clear leader after shakeup
ST. GEORGE'S, Grenada (AP) -- After a devastating electoral loss and an
internal shakeup, Grenada's second-largest political party is promising to
renovate itself to provide an alternative to the governing party.
The National Democratic Party failed to win a single seat in the Jan. 18
election, with Prime Minister Keith Mitchell's New National Party taking all
15 seats in Parliament.
Last week, National Democratic Party Chairman Jerome Joseph announced
a reorganization of the party, including the ouster of acting political leader
Joan Purcell and two party activists from their leadership positions.
"The party views these steps as absolutely necessary in its efforts to
forward and to present itself as an alternative," said Joseph, who will chair a
new steering committee that will run the party in the immediate future.
Purcell had replaced former Agriculture Minister George Brizan as interim
leader of the party just before the election. Brizan retired from politics due to
In addition to the change of leadership, the party plans a recruitment
and efforts to strengthen its structure at the local level, said Joseph.
The party must restructure itself to "meet the hopes of and expectations
over 12,000 supporters, well wishers and sympathizers who are depending
on it for political direction and guidance," Joseph said.