Saint Kitts and Nevis elects new leader in snap election

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The Eastern Caribbean nation of St. Kitts and Nevis has elected a new prime minister after holding snap elections three years earlier than expected.

Dr. Terrance Drew of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labor Party has ousted Prime Minister Timothy Harris of the People’s Labor Party, according to preliminary election results released on Saturday.

Harris first became prime minister in February 2015 and served a second term after Team Unity, a three-party alliance, won nine of 11 parliament seats in the 2020 election. But Harris lost a no-confidence motion tabled by its coalition partners earlier this year, prompting the twin nation to hold a general election on Friday.

Six political parties fielded a total of more than 30 candidates vying for 11 of the 15 seats in parliament. Drew’s party won six seats, while Harris’s won one. The Governor General of the island will appoint people to the remaining four seats after the elections.

Drew’s party promised better health care, affordable housing and better access to education. Harris’ party pledged to build a stronger economy, create more jobs and further reduce poverty, among other things.