Grenada's prime minister schedules parliamentary elections for Feb. 19

The Caribbean island of Grenada will hold parliamentary elections Feb. 19.

Prime Minister Tillman Thomas announced the date at a political rally Sunday night a week after the country's parliament was dissolved. A few hundred partisans attended the gathering.

Thomas' National Democratic Congress will be pitted against the opposition New National Party led by former Prime Minister Keith Mitchell.

There are roughly 55,000 registered voters on the island of about 110,000 people.

In September, Grenada's governor general suspended a parliamentary session allowing Thomas to avoid debate on a no-confidence motion filed by a political ally.