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People's Political Party (PPP)

The People's Political Party (PPP) was a political party in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.  The PPP was established in April 1952 by Ebenezer Joshua as a breakaway from the ruling Eighth Army of Liberation, and was the country's first lasting nationwide political party.  The PPP had its roots in the labour movement and was in the forefront of national policy prior to independence, winning elections from 1957 through 1966.

The PPP was the only party to contest the 1954 general elections and received three of the eight seats (the remaining seats were won by independents).  In the 1957 elections, it received almost half the national vote and won five of the eight seats.  In 1961, it remained in power with six of the nine seats.

In the 1966 elections, the PPP received fewer votes than the St. Vincent Labour Party (SVLP), but won one seat more.  However, in early elections the following year it was reduced to three seats.  After both parties won six seats in the 1972 elections, early elections were held in 1974.  Prior to the election, several senior members of the party formed the Mitchell/Sylvester Faction.  The PPP's opposition to independence from the United Kingdom saw it reduced to just two seats, whilst the Labour Party won ten.  In the 1979 elections, the PPP failed to win a seat, and the party was dissolved in 1984.

The party symbol of the PPP was the clock and later the telephone (1974).

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Founded April 1952
Dissolved 1984
Party Symbol Clock/Telephone
Status Defunct
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