Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves has suggested that he will seek a fifth term as prime minister and that he will win again if he does so.
“…I know if I go back I will win again — as the sun shines tomorrow,” said the 72-year-leader, who has been a Member of Parliament for a quarter century.
He further told a press conference in Kingstown on Tuesday that his confidence has nothing to do with rigging elections and that he “might answer the call from the people not to walk away yet.
“Because some things I hear some people talking, I might have to stand up in the front line and take them on very sharply,” he said.
Gonsalves has long indicated that this would be his last term as prime minister, unless his party asks him to remain but that he will seek re-election as Member of Parliament for North Central Windward, which he has been representing for a quarter century.
Among other things, in the campaign for the 2015 general elections, he asked voters to give him another terms to prepare a new generation of leaders for his Unity Labour Party, which has been in office since 2001.
However, with just over two years before general elections are due, the ULP is yet to transition to a new leader and the party has not held a convention since in December 2015.
Political observers say that the government has shown some signs of transition.
They have pointed to the prime minister’s decision last year to assign the finance minister ministry — which he had held since 2001 — to his son, Camillo Gonsalves.
The younger Gonsalves is a former senator and minister of foreign affairs, who is into his first term as Member of Parliament for East St. George.