|Keith Mitchell - back in charge of Grenada after five years in opposition|
The people of Grenada on Tuesday tossed out the National Democratic Congress (NDC) led by Prime Minister Tillman Thomas after a single five year term and elected the New National Party (NNP), handing back the government to Keith Mitchell. The NNP won all 15 seats.
Thomas won the 2008 general election by an 11-4 margin, ending the 13-year rule of the NNP. He had been hoping to get the electorate's blessing to govern for another five years but Grenada's economic problems and unemployment rate of over 40 per cent worked against him.
Mitchell convinced the electorate that it was time for him to take back the government and they elected him and his party, repeating the 1999 election result.
A field of 46 candidates, including two independents, representing eight political parties contested the election. However it was really a two-party contest between the governing party and Mitchell's NNP.