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TGM leader-designate Dr. Patrick Antoine greeted by young people during the party's launch

The Grenada Movement (TGM) has officially transitioned from a pressure group to a full-fledged political party.

TGM was welcomed into the world on Emancipation Day on Monday at the Spice Basket Culture Centre by a few hundred people from across the country.

While the scope of the launch event was dictated by COVID-19 prevention protocols, TGM appeared to already be building a base.

There was particularly good attendance from districts in St Andrew such as Telescope and there was also a heavy St John presence and a large section of young people.

Now that TGM has officially dressed itself in the trappings of competitive politics, its ability to inspire Grenadians to follow will be tested.

Political analysts have been suggesting that TGM, on its own, is unable to make any kind of impact and that an accommodation between all opposition forces would be the most effective path towards unseating the incumbent Keith Mitchell-led Administration which has kept a tight grip on power for the last two consecutive terms.

TGM Chairman Dr. Patrick Antoine has not ruled out the possibility of a united opposition but he said it would be with those who share similar values.

The main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) is now actively engaged in unity talks with opposition leader Tobias Clement and some other opposition forces in the country.

Speculation is rife that the major players in Congress have been engaged in talks with former Prime Minister Tillman Thomas, considered as one of the most respectable and trustworthy politicians in Grenada, to come out of retirement from frontline politics to play an active part in helping to remove Mitchell and his New National Party (NNP) from power.

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In a speech heavily weighted on issues of democracy and empowering the growing poor, Dr. Antoine called for leadership that would create a more just and equitable society in Grenada.

While Dr Antoine’s speech did not give specific policy statements it offered the party’s broad vision for what it says is a better Grenada, free from fear and poverty.

“The greatest threat to our democracy today is one, the perception of fear, a perception of fear throughout the society. Secondly, inequality, rich, middle class and poor, a growing gap. Thirdly, questionable leadership at all levels of the society and fourth, longstanding weaknesses in the economic pillars that makes our country less resilient; that makes our democracy weaker,” he said.

The TGM leader-designate also spoke of what he said is a growing perception in Grenada, that the priorities of the wealthy take precedence over the well-being of the middle class and the poor.

The launch event was punctuated by cultural performances that honoured Emancipation as well as messages from friends of the new party.

The party is expected to hold its first Convention by January.

The Trinidad-based Dr. Antoine is highly favoured to be elected as the first political leader of TGM.

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