The year 2014 was an exciting election year in the Caribbean with three general elections. Here, we present the highlights of the year.
2 Jan – Saint Lucia: Louis Bertrand George, a former member of parliament for Micoud North and former Education Minister, died 63.
9 Jan – Grenada: Former Foreign Affairs, Legal Affairs and Local Government Minister, Dr Raphael Fletcher died after a prolonged illness, aged 86.
11 Jan – Antigua and Barbuda: Former Member of Parliament Sir Adolphus Freeland died after a brief period of illness.
15 Jan – Trinidad and Tobago – Karl Terrence Hudson-Phillips, ORTT, QC, former Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago, and a judge of the International Criminal Court died aged 80.
1 Feb – CARICOM: Her Excellency Manorma Soeknandan, a national of Suriname, became the new Deputy Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat.
18 Feb – CARICOM: The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Republic of South Africa further cemented their ties with the accreditation of Her Excellency Maureen Isabella Modiselle as Ambassador to CARICOM.
10-11 Mar – CARICOM: The Twenty-Fifth Intersessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was held 10-11 March 2014 in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
21 Mar – Guyana: Former Deputy Speaker Deborah Backer died.
9 Apr – Trinidad and Tobago – Former President and Prime Minister, Arthur Napoleon Raymond Robinson SC, OCC, TC died aged 87.
1 May – OECS: Dr Didacus Jules assumes office as Director General of the The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). He replaced Dr Len Ishmael who later became ambassador for the Eastern Caribbean States to the European Union.
20 May – Bermuda – Michael Dunley sworn in as Premier following the resignation of Craig Cannoier on 19 May 2014.
24 May – Dominica – Marie Davis Pierre, the first Dominican female to have been appointed Speaker of the Dominica House of Assembly died, aged 96.
26 May – Belize: A traffic accident claimed the life of a former Belizean parliamentarian and two-term Minister, Marcial Mes, at age 65.
12 Jun – Antigua and Barbuda: The Gaston Browne led Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP) defeats the incumbent United Workers Party (UWP) led by Baldwin Spencer, winning 14 of the 17 seats in the House of Representatives.
13 Jun – The Bahamas – Former Parliamentarian Bernard Dupuch passed away at his Seabreeze home following years of declining health, aged 81.
1-4 Jul – CARICOM: Thirty-fifth regular meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community held from 1-4 july 2014, Dickenson Bay, Antigua and Barbuda.
2 Jul – Dominica – Parliament approved legislation allowing Dominica to adopt the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as its final court.
8 Jul – The Bahamas: Dame Marguerite Pindling, GCMG, assumes office of Governor-General of the Bahamas.
20 Jul – Saint Lucia: Former politician and Governor-General Boswell Bennie Williams died, aged 88.
12 Aug – Trinidad and Tobago: The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2014 was passed. The Bill contains provisions for a two term limit for a Prime Minister, right to recall and a second ballot run-off.
13 Aug – Antigua and Barbuda: Dr. Rodney Williams assumes office as Governor-General of Antigua and Barbuda. Dr. Williams was knighted as a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George (GCMG) by Queen Elizabeth II on 17 October 2014.
14 Aug – Barbados: Former Chief Justice of Barbados Sir Denys Ambrose Williams, KCMG, GCM died, aged 84.
18 Aug – Saint Lucia – Justice Suzie D’Auvergne died at Tapion Hospital in Castries.
28 Aug – Jamaica: Agriculture Minister Roger Clarke died of an apparent heart attack at an airport in Florida.
11 Sep – Montserrat – The People’s Democratic Movement (PDM), led by Donaldson Romeo wins 7 of 9 seats in the Legislative Assembly, defeating the Reuben Meade led Movement for change and Prosperity (MCAP).
30 Sep – Jamaica: Jamaica Justice Minister Mark Golding announced that the country had drafted legislation to decriminalise marijuana.
13 Oct – St. Vincent and the Grenadines: Former Parliamentarian and Minister of Government, Randolph Russell died, aged 86.
4 Nov – CARICOM: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) heads meet on Ebola, chikungunya in special meeting in Trinidad and Tobago.
6 Nov – Grenada: Senator Jester Emmons died, aged 45.
15 Nov – Saint Lucia – Former Education Minister, Hunter J. Francois died, aged 90.
18 Nov – Guyana: President Ramotar suspends opposition-dominated parliament just before it debates no-confidence motion in his government. Opposition accuses him of undermining democracy.
3 Dec – Grenada: Edzel Thomas, Former Minister of State for Works, Communication and Public Utilities, and Member of Parliament for the St. John’s Constituency of Palmist, St. John, died aged 89.
8 Dec – Dominica: PM Roosevelt Skerrit and his Dominica Labour Party (DLP) re-elected with a reduced majority in parliament (15-6).
14 Dec – Haiti: Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe announced his resignation after anti-government protests. President Michel Martelly named Evans Paul, a former mayor of Port-au-Prince and presidential candidate to be the next Prime Minister.
17 Dec – USA/Cuba: US eased trade and travel restricts on Cuba as the countries normalized their diplomatic relations.