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Ralph Everard Gonsalves


Incumbent
Assumed office 
29 March 2001
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor General Frederick Ballantyne
Monica Dacon
Charles Antrobus
Deputy Louis Straker
Preceded by Arnhim Eustace

Born 8 August 1946 (1946-08-08) (age 63)
Colonaire, Saint Vincent, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Political party ULP
Spouse(s) Eloise Gonsalves
Religion Roman Catholic

Ralph Everard Gonsalves (born August 8, 1946), also known as "Comrade Ralph", is the Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines. He has held that position since March 29, 2001. He is leader of the Unity Labour Party, and won the 2001 general elections by a landslide of 12 seats to 3, after a close run in the 1998 elections. He was re-elected in the December 2005 elections with the same parliamentary ratio. He first entered political life as a student at the University of the West Indies at Mona, Jamaica; in 1968, as president of the Guild of Undergraduates, Gonsalves led the student protest at the banning of popular historian and intellectual Walter Rodney.

Gonsalves received his Ph.D. in political science from UWI, Mona, and went on to receive a law degree from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados before returning to practice law and become an active politician in his homeland.

Gonsalves, however, has faced criticisms on several fronts:

  1. The introduction of the Value Added Tax
  2. Some critics have faced court cases leading outside observers to question the validity of freedom of speech in St.Vincent
  3. The relocation/dislocation of nationals from some areas in the name of development
  4. Closer ties with Venezuela and Cuba[1]
  5. Dr. Gonsalves' son was appointed ambassador to the United Nations, leading to allegations of nepotism.[2]
  6. An increasing national debt.[3]

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Allegations of sexual assault

A human rights attorney from Toronto filed a complaint against "Comrade Ralph" for sexual assault in May 2008. This adds to a series of charges Gonsalves faces over sexual misconduct, including one from a security guard over an incident in the prime minister's abode. [1]

Bibliography

(adapted from [2])

Books

Pamphlets

  • The Rodney affair and its aftermath (University of the West Indies; 21 pages, 1975)
  • The development and class character of the bourgeois state: the case of St. Vincent (University of the West Indies; 15 pages, 1976)
  • Controls and influences on the civil service and statutory bodies in the Commonwealth Caribbean: a preliminary discussion (University of the West Indies; 67 pages, 1977)
  • The development of the labour movement in St. Vincent (37 pages, 1977)
  • Who killed sugar in St. Vincent? (United Liberation Movement; 21 pages, 1977)
  • On the political economy of Barbados (One Caribbean Publishers; 49 pages, 1981)
  • The trade union movement in St. Vincent and the Grenadines (Movement for National Unity; 64 pages, 1983)
  • Ebenezer Joshua: his ideology and style (Movement for National Unity; 39 pages, 1984)
  • (editor) The trial of George McIntosh (Caribbean Diaspora Press; 80 pages, 1985)
  • Authority in the police force: its uses and abuses (Movement for National Unity; 45 pages, 1986)
  • Banana in trouble: its present and future (Movement for National Unity; 22 pages, 1989)

External links

Rape Allegation [3]

[4]

[5]

References

Political offices
Preceded by
Arnhim Eustace
Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
2001–present
Incumbent
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