The opposition United Workers Party (UWP) has launched an online petition calling for the immediate resignation of Claudius Francis as Speaker of the Saint Lucia House of Assembly.
In a message to citizens on Change.org where the petition appears, the UWP declared that the Speaker’s biased decisions have cost the state money.
The opposition party also declared that his decisions had put the interests of the ruling Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) ahead of the people’s welfare.
“As Speaker of the House, Mr. Francis is expected to be impartial and fair in his rulings. However, his actions have shown otherwise. He has shown a clear bias towards the SLP, which has led to decisions that are detrimental to democracy and the state’s financial health,” the message noted.
“We cannot afford to have someone in a position of power who is more interested in serving their own interests and that of their party than those of the people they represent,” the UWP observed.
The party called on all citizens who believe in democracy and fairness to join it in demanding the resignation of Claudius Francis as the Speaker of Saint Lucia’s parliament.
“Only then can we begin to restore faith in our democratic institutions and move forward as a united and prosperous nation,” the UWP asserted.
As of Thursday night, the petition had gathered over four hundred of its goal of five hundred signatures.