UWP plans to make Saint Lucia a Republic

UWP plans to make Saint Lucia a Republic

The opposition United Workers Party (UWP), has announced plans to make this country a Republic with a ceremonial President when it gets into office, dispensing with the Queen of England as head of state.

The announcement was made last night during a UWP political meeting.

Former Deputy Police Commissioner, Hermangild Francis, disclosed the plans while asserting that the work done on constitutional reform by the late Justice Suzie D’Auvergne and her team must not be neglected.

He said some of the recommendations on constitutional reform would be implemented as soon as a UWP administration gets into office.

“It is time. We have grown enough and can take care of our business so we need to become a republic,” Francis told UWP supporters.

Noting that the report on constitutional reform also recommended term limits for the Prime Minister, the former police officer said a UWP government would put that in place.

“We cannot afford to have a Prime Minister of the caliber of Kenny Anthony for twenty years. We must never allow that to happen again,” Francis declared.

He also disclosed that a UWP administration would implement a fixed date for general elections.

In addition, Francis said the UWP wants the return of local government so that the constituencies will have a say and there will be proper elections for Councilors.

Turning his attention to the appointment of a Police Commissioner, Francis, who is tipped to become National Security Minister in a UWP Cabinet, announced that there will be changes to the process.

He observed that currently the Public Service Commission conducts interviews before a Police Chief is appointed.

However Hermangild Francis said that before the name of the person who is selected is sent to the Governor General, there must be consultation with the Prime Minister.

He explained that if the Prime Minister says no, there must be a search for someone else to fill the position.

“The days when the Prime Minister has authority over the Commissioner of Police must stop,” Francis said.

According to him, under a UWP government the candidate for Police Chief will have to go to parliament and make his case before elected members of the house.

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  1. The Crow
    April 25, 2016 at 8:40 am Reply

    Ala the movie Taken, “Good Luck.” Into whose eyes y’all want to piss? There was a unanimous chorus sung by both UWP and SLP against the implementation of Constituency reform. What has changed since then? Oh, I remember, it’s election time!

    April 25, 2016 at 9:43 am Reply

    With so many problems? Becoming a republic is not a priority. It brings nothing to the table. This needs a referendum.Smoke and mirrors.

  3. Heidi
    April 25, 2016 at 10:08 am Reply

    Awa mah vlay. So we can have excellent governance like Dominica, Guyana, Haiti, Dom Rep and Trinidad? Choopse bayteese.

  4. Jamie
    April 25, 2016 at 10:30 am Reply

    Great idea….being a Republic gives more power to the people….am all in!

    1. karen
      April 25, 2016 at 10:57 am Reply

      How exactly does it give more power to the people? That sounds like 1979 all over again. The people never got the power the politicians did. Nepotism,cronyism and overt corruption with absolutely no check valves or recourse. People lost their freedom and were brainwashed into believing they got more. Go to Cayman and observe the lie first hand.

  5. Anonymous
    April 25, 2016 at 11:32 am Reply

    It’s amazing how many people still think we should have a queen as a head of state, who doesn’t give a damn about this country. When is the slavery mindset ever going to go away. It’s about time someone makes a decision to do this.

  6. Boujon Guiyave
    April 25, 2016 at 11:39 am Reply

    Mr. Francis it astonishes me your level of ignorance. I mean as one who had the security of the country in his hands and a brilliant sportsman, how can you such level of thoughtless talk on such an important issue such as this?

    Don’t you think St Luciana are looking at you with amazement wondering who is he talking to. Is it the country or his party ? If it is the country well let him know the shame is on the UWP for if the UWP was any better Kenny would not be PM for so long.

  7. Anonymous
    April 25, 2016 at 12:06 pm Reply

    mr francis it is just amazing what he didnt get from the labour he think he can get from uwp he must never get his hands of the police office ppl wake up. mr francis is crying over split milk. i would have more respect for francis he was in the bossom of the labour that why i could never even think of giving uwp a chance because of the likes like him tazan

  8. moses
    April 25, 2016 at 12:42 pm Reply

    Australia, Tuvalu and St.Vincent all had referendums on this issue. St.Lucians have a diverse set of views on this issue and their voices must be heard through a referendum. Some of us would rather see the office of Governor General remain.

  9. Mr Selwyn Birch
    April 25, 2016 at 8:11 pm Reply

    Mr H.Francis should be ashamed of himself.Those who forgets the past is doomed to fail.Mr H.Francis is like unto a dog that goes back to eat its own vomit.Shame on you mr H.Francis.The people that ate and drank with me have lifted up their hands against me.

  10. Anonymous
    April 26, 2016 at 8:29 am Reply

    Ask Mr Francis wasnt he Deputy Police Commissioner what did he do. Didnt he promote his buddies in the office who played cricket with me ask mr francis how did he help the force what is his legacy

  11. The Commentator
    April 28, 2016 at 11:15 pm Reply

    Welcome to the REPUBLIC OF IYANOLA (ROI), the IYANOLAN REPUBLIC (IR) or ROI-land.

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