New St. Lucia Prime Minister Sworn In after winning elections

New St. Lucia Prime Minister Sworn In after winning elections.

CastinetJun 7, 2016  –Caribbean News Service (CNS)

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Jun 07 2016 – An emotional Allen Michael Chastanet was sworn in Tuesday as the sixth Prime Minister of St. Lucia since the island attained political independence from Britain in 1979 vowing to unite the country following Monday’s general election.

Chastanet, an economist and hotelier, took the oath of office before Dame Perette Louisy at Government House on the outskirts of the capital. The brief ceremony was witnessed by family members including his 82-year-old father, Michael, as well as his wife and two children.  

Several of the victorious members of the United Workers Party (UWP) were also present and Chastanet, at time his voice choking with emotion, thanked the population for giving him an opportunity to lead the island over the next five years.

“Thank you St. Lucians of all categories for listening and going out in large numbers yesterday and exercising your constitutional rights,” he said, adding “yesterday you voted for change and the United Workers Party is ready to bring about the change you want”.

The UWP won 11 of the 17 seats at stake in Monday’s general election, ousting the St. Lucia Labour Party (SLP) that was seeking a second consecutive term under the leadership of Dr. Kenny Anthony.

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CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Jun 07 2016 – Economist Allan Chastanet led his United Workers Party (UWP) to a resounding victory in Monday’s general election and immediately signalled his intention to turn around an ailing economy, deal with a ballooning debt while at the same time keeping citizens at the heart of the new socio-economic plans for St. Lucia.

“I want to say a big thank you to the people of St. Lucia…let them know we are not going to let them down,” Chastanet said at his first news conference after the Electoral Department preliminary figures showed that the UWP had won 11 of the 17 seats contested in the general election.

“Thank you for the support in energising us,” he added.

Chastanet said he wanted to name his Cabinet as soon as he has had discussions with other members of the victorious party.

In a statement, outgoing Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony congratulated the UWP, noting that “on all accounts this was a convincing victory.

“It is clear there was a major national swing against the SLP. I wish the people of St. Luca the very best as we embark upon this new journey,” said Anthony noting that he has no intention of serving as Opposition Leader and indeed as the leader of the opposition party.

Preliminary results show that the UWP won 11 of the 17 seats at stake, reversing the results of the 2011 general election, when the SLP won by the same margin.

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