Keith Mitchell

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The Right Honourable
Keith Mitchell
Prime Minister of Grenada
Incumbent
Assumed office
20 February 2013
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor General Carlyle Glean
Cécile La Grenade
Preceded by Tillman Thomas
In office
22 June 1995 – 9 July 2008
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor General Daniel Williams
Preceded by George Brizan
Succeeded by Tillman Thomas
Personal details
Born Keith Claudius Mitchell
(1946-11-12) 12 November 1946 (age 67)
Brizan, British Windward Islands (now Grenada)
Political party New National Party
Spouse(s) Marietta Mitchell
Children Olinga
Alma mater University of the West Indies
Howard University
American University
Religion Roman Catholicism

Keith Claudius Mitchell (born 12 November 1946) is a Grenadian politician who has been Prime Minister of Grenada since 2013; previously he served as Prime Minister from 1995 to 2008. He is the longest serving Prime Minister Grenada has ever had, holding the office for just over 13 years. He is currently leader of the New National Party (NNP) and was Leader of the Opposition in Parliament from 2008 to 2013.

Education and personal life[edit]

Mitchell graduated from the University of the West Indies with a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and chemistry in 1971. He a gained a master's degree from Howard University in 1975 and a doctorate in mathematics and statistics from American University in 1979.[1]

Mitchell naturalized as a U.S. citizen in 1984.[2] At Mitchell's request, the U.S. State Department made a determination in 2001 that he had relinquished his U.S. citizenship by becoming Prime Minister in 1995.[3][4]

Political career[edit]

In the December 1984 general election, he was elected to a seat in the House of Representatives from St. George North West constituency, and he has held the seat in each subsequent election.[5] Mitchell was elected as leader of the NNP in January 1989,[6][7] defeating Prime Minister Herbert Blaize.[6] Blaize then dismissed Mitchell from his position as Minister of Works and Communications on 21 July 1989.[7]

After the NNP was victorious in the general election held on 20 June 1995, winning eight out of 15 seats in the House of Representatives, Mitchell took office as Prime Minister, along with his Cabinet, on 22 June.[8] Under Mitchell's leadership, the party won all 15 seats in the early election held in January 1999, and the NNP narrowly won a third term in power in the November 2003 election, reduced to a one seat parliamentary majority.[6]

The New National Party was defeated in the general election held on 8 July 2008 by the National Democratic Congress (NDC), winning only four seats against 11 for the NDC.[9] Mitchell himself was re-elected to his seat from St. George North West.[5][10] NDC leader Tillman Thomas succeeded Mitchell as Prime Minister on 9 July. Mitchell said that the people voted for change and congratulated Thomas.[9] Following the election, he continued as NNP leader and was sworn in as Leader of the Opposition on 16 July 2008.[11]

In the February 2013 general election, the NNP won all 15 parliamentary seats. After this resounding victory, Mitchell was sworn in as Prime Minister on 20 February 2013.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Biography: Keith Claudius Mitchell". Government of Grenada. 9 October 2009. Retrieved 1 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "Mitchell denies US citizenship". Go Jamaica. 2008-10-31. Retrieved 2012-05-29. 
  3. ^ "Statement on the citizenship status of former Prime Minister Keith Mitchell". Grenadian Connection. 2008-10-31. Retrieved 2012-05-29. 
  4. ^ Internal Revenue Service (2002-03-13). "Quarterly Publication of Individuals, Who Have Chosen to Expatriate, as Required by Section 6039G". Federal Register. Retrieved 2012-05-29. 
  5. ^ a b "New prime minister of Grenada sworn in", Caribbean Net News, 10 July 2008.[dead link]
  6. ^ a b c Political Parties of the World (6th edition, 2005), ed. Bogdan Szajkowski, page 265.
  7. ^ a b "Jul 1989 - GRENADA", Keesing's Record of World Events, Volume 35, July, 1989 Grenada, Page 36812.
  8. ^ "Jun 1995 - New Grenada Cabinet", Keesing's Record of World Events, Volume 41, June, 1995 Grenada, Page 40592.
  9. ^ a b George Worme, "Thomas wins by a landslide in Grenada", The Nation (Barbados), 10 July 2008.[dead link]
  10. ^ "A DECISIVE VICTORY: LET THERE BE NO DOUBT", GrenadaBroadcast.com.[dead link]
  11. ^ "Mitchell is new Opposition Leader", Grenada Today, 26 July 2008.
  12. ^ "Clean sweep", Jamaica Observer, 21 February 2013.
Political offices
Preceded by
George Brizan
Prime Minister of Grenada
1995–2008
Succeeded by
Tillman Thomas
Preceded by
Tillman Thomas
Prime Minister of Grenada
2013–present
Incumbent