August 25, 1989
Grenada's government suspended Parliament amid opposition threats to bring Prime Minister Herbert Blaize down with a no-confidence vote. Blaize, who lost leadership of his New National Party, has been under intense pressure over what critics call an increasingly authoritarian style. The suspension means Blaize can govern without any parliamentary opposition until as late as February, a month before general elections are due.
June 29, 1989 |
A high-ranking police official went on a shooting rampage at police headquarters here Wednesday morning, killing Grenada's acting commissioner and a U.S. diplomat from Southern California and wounding two high-ranking officers before he was killed by police. State Department officials in Washington said the slain diplomat, John Angelo Butler, 33, was killed while trying to subdue the gunman, identified as Grafton Bascombe. Butler was the political officer at the U.S. Embassy in St. George's, the capital of this Caribbean island nation.
January 22, 1989
Prime Minister Herbert Blaize was ousted as leader of Grenada's ruling New National Party during a party convention vote and replaced by his longtime critic, Keith Mitchell, the minister of communications and works. The election of Mitchell means he will be the prime minister of the Caribbean island nation if the centrist party wins in elections due by December. Mitchell, 43, has regularly criticized Blaize for making major decisions without consulting his Cabinet.
October 14, 1988 |
The last step toward putting Grenada's recent bloody past to rest is being played out with an agonizing deliberation that some see as a metaphor for the gentle island nation's halting return to democracy. In a sweltering courtroom where the local Lions Club used to meet, 13 men and one woman who were once the Marxist elite here are appealing their sentences to be hanged for the executions of 11 comrades, including their longtime revolutionary leader, Prime Minister Maurice Bishop.