Dickon Mitchell, a lawyer-turned-politician, has become the Prime Minister of Grenada, ending the decade-long rule of the New National Party led by Keith Mitchell.
Dickon Mitchell’s National Democratic Congress won 9 of the 15 seats up for grabs in the general election held earlier this week.
The 44-year-old leftist pledged to end nepotism and corruption, which he said is hampering the growth of the tri-island nation.
Dickon Mitchell faces the daunting task of creating job opportunities in a country grappling with high inflation and rising unemployment. His administration will also have to contend with many hurdles in its way to meeting its promises, according to a letter published by Trinidad Express.
Grenada’s trade balance leans heavier towards imports. In addition, its economy is highly dependent on foreign countries for food and other basic supplies.
The post-Covid supply chain crunch, combined with high fuel prices, will leave little room for the new Prime Minister to reverse the country’s economic fortunes.