Saint Kitts and Nevis’ population in 1999 was estimated at 39,000 people, with a growth rate of 0.9%. The economy of Saint Kitts and Nevis was largely dependent on its services sector, which accounted for around 80% of the country’s GDP. This was supplemented by the agricultural and manufacturing industries. Foreign relations in 1999 were largely positive with the country enjoying strong ties with many Caribbean nations and the wider international community. Politically, Saint Kitts and Nevis had been a semi-presidential republic since 1983 when it formally adopted a democratic system. The ruling party at this time was the People’s Action Movement (PAM), which had been in power since 1995. In 1999, Denzil Douglas was Prime Minister and had been since 1995. See ethnicityology for Saint Kitts and Nevis in the year of 2018.
Visit Countryaah official website to get information about the capital city of Saint Kitts and Nevis. 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 opposition diminished.
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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 state.
At the 1984 election, the backing of Kennedy Simmonds and his government increased, and this was repeated again in 1989.
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.