in June 1992, the Opposition Party, the Movement of
Conscious Citizens, won the election on Nevis and conquered
Nevis' Reform Party's 3 seats in parliament. That same year,
Governor General Clement Athleston's representative died in
Nevis, Weston Paris, under unresolved circumstances.
The November 1993 election yielded an unclear result, and
a new election was held in July 1995, won by St. Kitts-Nevis
'Workers' Party headed by Denzil Douglas.
In mid-1996, a new constitutional crisis erupted around
Nevis' secession. The island's prime minister, Vance Amory,
stated that he had taken legal steps to the island's
secession from the federation. Denzil Douglas responded
again by declaring that there was a serious risk of
In August 1998, a referendum on Nevis' secession was
held. The Movement of Conscious Citizens under the
leadership of Nevis Prime Minister Vance Amory suffered a
staggering defeat here as the necessary 2/3 majority failed.
Only 61.2% voted for independence. Subsequently,
representatives from Caricom's member states, the US and St.
Kitts to Nevis to improve relations between the two islands
that had been seriously damaged during the election
In October, Hurricane Georges severely destroyed or
damaged 80% of the country's buildings. The rebuilding of
the island was carried out jointly by the people and the
government with international assistance, and lasted several