A brief description of the local governing body.
St. Kitts and Nevis is a sovereign democratic state within
the British Commonwealth of nations. The two islands although "officially" functioning as one, in fact have a great deal of autonomy within their own respective governments.
political structure is based on the British parliamentary democracy. There are separate unicameral legislatures consisting of fourteen members for St. Kitts, and nine members in Nevis. The statutory head of parliament
is Queen Elizabeth II, she is represented in St. Kitts by a Governor General. The Governor General then appoints the Prime Minister from the majority party in the House of Assembly. The Deputy Governor of Nevis, in a
similar manner then names the Premier, and, based upon the Premier's advice, the Ministers of Government.
Joseph Walcott Parry has been the Premier of Nevis since 11 July 2006. He is leader of
the Nevis Reformation Party (NRP).
In the 10 July 2006 Island Assembly election, Parry's NRP won three out of five seats, ending the 14-year rule of the Concerned Citizens' Movement (CCM).