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     SVG: Opposition election candidate arrested, bailed in protests

December 30, 2015
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In St. Vincent and the Grenadines, one of the losing candidates in the December 9 elections was granted bail today following his arrest at an opposition protest yesterday. Ben Exeter of the New Democratic Party (NDP) pleaded not guilty to three charges of assaulting police when he appeared in court this morning. Exeter, who lost to Unity Labour Party (ULP) candidate Sir Louis Strake in the Central Leewards constituency, joined opposition members and supporters in a demonstration outside Parliament. The Members of Parliament recently sat for the first time since the ULP’s victory at the polls, which the NDP is challenging. A 17-year-old opposition supporter in the protest was also charged with obstructing police and the use of dangerous equipment. The NDP has insisted that it will continue its protests and will not accept the result of the elections. The ULP won eight seats to the NDP’s seven, giving Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves an unprecedented fourth consecutive term in office. Opposition Leader Arnhim Eustace said the party will file election petitions today. (Image source: I-Witness News)

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