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St. Vincent & Grenadines: No women in Cabinet, gov’t appoints 1 to Parliament

No women are among the 11-member Cabinet of Ministers sworn into office on Tuesday after the Unity Labour Party’s (ULP) election to an unprecedented fifth term in office in the Nov. 5 general elections.

The nation’s electorate rejected the five women who contested the polls, and the ruling party has so far only appointed one female parliamentarian, even as it is yet to announce its fourth senator.

The situation is a stark contrast to 2001, when the ULP first came to office, and Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves boasted about five women among the government’s 17 parliamentarians,

“Mr. Speaker, you would notice on this side of the House that there are five women. I was hoping that perhaps there would have been an extra woman, but unfortunately, the circumstances has not so conspired it from the Opposition,” Gonsalves told Parliament in its April 17, 2001 meeting, the first after his government came to office.

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