A Revolutionary Governor-General? The Grenada Crisis of 1983

  • Peter Fraser
Part of the Cambridge Commonwealth Series book series (CAMCOM)


On 19 October 1983, amidst an internecine party strife, the Prime Minister of Grenada was murdered. Six days later the island was invaded, largely by US troops. They soon arrested the Prime Minister’s opponents, and the island was then without a government. Into this breach stepped the Governor-General, Sir Paul Scoon. Using the undoubted final reserve powers of his office he assumed full executive and legislative authority in the country. Thereafter, however, he had to find the best way of relinquishing this. In the end, in December 1984, after new elections, a new government was installed and the Governor-General reverted to his more ordinary role.


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