Saint Vincent and the Grenadines’ population in 1999 was estimated at 116,000 people, with a growth rate of 0.8%. The economy of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines was largely dependent on its services sector, which accounted for around 70% 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 Vincent and the Grenadines had been a semi-presidential republic since 1969 when it formally adopted a democratic system. The ruling party at this time was the New Democratic Party (NDP), which had been in power since 1994. In 1999, Sir James Fitz-Allen Mitchell was Prime Minister and had been since 1995. See ethnicityology for Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in the year of 2018.
Visit Countryaah official website to get information about the capital city of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. In 1969, the country gained the status of Free Associated State headed by Chief Minister Milton Cato and Vincent Labor Party (SVLP). However, defense and foreign policy were still in the hands of the British crown. After a lengthy negotiation process, the country finally gained independence in October 1979.
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The December 1979 elections further strengthened the dominance of the SVLP. At the same time, the neo-colonial Political People’s Party, led by Ebenezer Joshua, was largely eradicated. It only got 2.4% of the vote.
Three days after the election, the new government had to turn down a popular uprising led by Lennox “Bumba” Charles on Union Island. The rebellion was quickly crushed by troops flown in from Barbados.
In the early 1980’s, the government faced a serious economic and social crisis, which provided the basis for the development of the popular organizations. In May 1981, the National Committee for the Defense of Democracy was formed, supported by a number of opposition parties, trade unions and other organizations. As the government tried to implement a more repressive policy, it came to protest demonstrations and general strikes.