the December 2005 parliamentary elections were won by the
United Labor Party (ULP) and Gonsalves was able to begin his
second term as prime minister.
The opposition party NDP convened in June 2007 for a
demonstration in the capital to protest what was perceived
as planned election fraud during the upcoming elections. The
NDP accused Gonsalves of giving Cuban workers in the country
the right to vote for their support.
St. Vincent was joined by Antigua in June 2009 in the
Latin American ALBA collaboration.
In November 2009, a referendum was held on whether the
country should be transformed into a republic, thus finally
breaking its connection with Britain. However, the proposal
was voted down by 55.64% against 43.13%.