Bousquet questions rapprochement in UWP

Former Foreign Minister, Rufus Bousquet, is not convinced about a recent show of unity involving the current and the former leader of the opposition United Workers Party (UWP).

Party leader, Allen Chastanet and his predecessor, Stephenson King, appeared together on a UWP platform.

King’s appearance was received with rapturous applause by party supporters.

But Bousquet told the Times he finds the sentiments portrayed on the political platform difficult to believe.

He said he is personally aware of the tremendous hurt caused to King and the efforts that were made to ostracize the former UWP leader from the party.

At the same time Bousquet said he recognizes that supporters of the UWP, among whom he is numbered, would be “absolutely ecstatic” about the possibility of a rapprochement.

“The people are desperate and are willing to grab onto anything, so even the pretense of rapprochement would be sufficient give the majority of UWP supporters a new bounce in their steps so to speak,” the former Choiseul MP declared.

Bousquet explained that he would like to hear from King himself on the issue.

The former Foreign Minister asserted that he would like to hear King, a former Prime Minister, tell supporters of the UWP that he is extremely comfortable where he is and that everything that has happened is water under the bridge.

“Only when he says so will I believe that there is a genuine rapprochement,” Bousquet declared.

He said he will believe once King indicates that he has declined to do unto others as they have done to him and would rather operate in an environment in which his own personal standing is tenuous at best.

“Really from my standpoint I can’t believe this is genuine until I actually hear from him,” the former MP stated.

Chastanet, a former Tourism Minister, won a landslide victory against King in July 2013.

He defeated the former Prime Minister by 264 to 99 votes at the UWP’s 37th National Convention, to become the new leader of the UWP.

Since the defeat, King appeared to have distanced himself from the party, even though he congratulated  the victorious Chastanet with a handshake at the party convention.