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since 1967, the Labor Party had been in power, but in the
1980 election it was beaten by a coalition of the Popular
Action Movement and Nevis Reform Party (NRP) that made
Kennedy Alphonse Simmonds prime minister. The independence
had originally been scheduled for June 1980, but was now
postponed because Nevis opposed the federation with St.
John's. Kitts. A 1976 referendum on Nevis had shown that
99.4% of residents were in favor of a separation of the two
islands, but after the NRP's entry into government, the
The new constitution was passed by parliament in March
1983, despite opposition from the Labor Party opposing a
clause that gave Nevis the right to seek independence. On
September 19, 1983, St. Kitts & Nevis an independent federal
At the 1984 election, the backing of Kennedy Simmonds and
his government increased, and this was repeated again in
In 1990, strikes broke out among the country workers when
they were rejected for a 10% wage increase. The plantation
owners responded again by hiring 1,000 screwdrivers from St.
John's. Vincent to harvest sugar cane. That same year, Nevis
Prime Minister Daniel Simeon declared that the island would
detach from St. Kitts in late 1992.