Chastanet says UWP committed to delivering

Saint Lucia’s Prime Minister-elect, Allen Chastanet, has asserted that his new government will be committed to delivering to the people of this country.

Chastanet, whose United Workers Party (UWP) won eleven of the 17 seats at stake in the June 6, 2016 general elections, said he was pleased and elated by the win.

“I am just very happy that our message resonated with the people of Saint Lucia,” he said in an interview with DBS television tonight.

The UWP leader said he truly believes that outgoing Prime Minister, Doctor Kenny Anthony and his government really forgot about taking care of the people.

“We can have economic growth and it is important to have economic growth – it is important to put the country first, but you can’t forget the people and that is one of the things we will work very hard on, is to make sure that we rebuild to the benefit of all Saint Lucians,” Chastanet declared.

Asked about his priorities, the Prime Minister designate said there are plans for arrangements for an inauguration tomorrow.

He disclosed that he will immediately start working on putting together a cabinet.

Chastanet revealed that the President of the Banana Corporation of Martinique was here for talks.

He said he will be asking newly elected Babonneau MP, Ezechiel Joseph, who will most likely be Minister of Agriculture, to proceed to have discussions with the Martinique official as soon as possible.

“I am very anxious that there are two hotel developments that we have been in discussion with and I hope to bring to fruition,” Chastanet said, adding that the projects have nothing to do with the Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP).

He also mentioned the situation with  the IMPACS report on twelve police killings between 2010 and 2011.

“We want to put together a tribunal as soon as possible to get the situation clarified so that we can move ahead,” Chastanet said.

He asserted that the IMPACS matter has been a stain on Saint Lucia’s name internationally and needs to be dealt with as quickly as possible.

Chastanet recalled that the UWP had indicated that it would put a tribunal together to deal with the issue.

He said as soon as he has appointed an Attorney General, he will ensure that the tribunal is put together.

Chastanet also said his new administration will be looking to reduce Value Added Tax (VAT) shortly and will commence talks with the Ministry of Finance, civil society here and regional and international institutions like the Caribbean Development Bank and the IMF, to find the best way forward in replacing the tax.

“We believe while VAT is an effective tax, in the context of Saint Lucia’s economy and society it is the wrong tax,” he asserted.





  1. lala
    June 7, 2016 at 12:41 am

    congrats chas

  2. Harold Edwardsa
    June 7, 2016 at 3:40 am

    Congrats to the UWP, It’s good to see the end of that arrogant elitist party governing our country. Politicians who disregarded the severe situation the majority of the nation are in while they supped from the top table.
    It will be good to see the back of that arrogant never stood for election Leo Clarke strutting around our country. This will be the end of you can eat on five dollars a day Pip, the totally out of touch LaCorb. Well their battle for the leadership will be between Alva and Ernest.
    Having said all that I wonder what state the country will be in five years, will the coffers be empty, and us praying for a new government, time will tell.

  3. IC
    June 7, 2016 at 7:14 am

    Now that bunch of SOBs is gone there’s work to do. I’m am very hopeful!

  4. The Commentator
    June 7, 2016 at 7:22 am

    Since the SLP supporters are annoyed by this result then one can say “YO FACHE”

    June 7, 2016 at 8:15 am

    God have answer my people prayer..Mr prime minister please remember my people listen to have an open ears to the people that did not vote for you don’t do like the others party care for all that next election you will have all ..pawutout in Jesus name.chebayfour.God blees.

  6. Sad-But-True
    June 7, 2016 at 8:28 am

    Delivering what Chastanet? Lol
    What are you going to deliver?
    You mean 5 dreams to stay alive?
    Dude, you are dealing with Real Lives.
    This is NOT a JOKE.

    I bet this morning, you have NO clue of what to do?
    Because you sold the People a Lie.
    And they Believed you.

  7. Steve
    June 7, 2016 at 8:59 am

    Ghost town Vieux-Fortians are a bunch of deceitful people who want nothing in terms of new developments.Give them a few dollars and they’ll vote for you ! I speak for the majority!

  8. Nani
    June 7, 2016 at 9:38 am

    Congratulations to our new government, be strong and focus, our continued prayers r with u. Keep the communication lines open, listen carefully to the people, talk to the people and work for the people and you will be just fine. God bless u guys. WE LOVE YOU

    1. Big Deal
      June 7, 2016 at 9:53 am

      Voice your opinion

      1. edna john
        June 8, 2016 at 9:35 am

        A prayer for you our newly elect ” Father we bring this new Administration before you this morning give them grace to do whats right for the people of St. Lucia, bring back peace of mine to the people through this administration,. bind them together to do the work you have ordained them to do. Give them a sense of direction in there endeavor; Lord not might, not by power but by your Spirit in the name of Jesus. Heal the wounded hearts allow the Prime Minister to reach out to the Thousands that hes been wounded in a positive way. Touch the Prime Minister from the crown of his head to the soul of his feet, protect him and his family in Jesus name. Amen”

    2. Anonymous
      June 7, 2016 at 11:42 am

      We love you ????? We??? Maggie you’re talking ?.

  9. Anonymous
    June 7, 2016 at 9:41 am

    You are only speaking for yourself.

  10. Mee Lee
    June 7, 2016 at 9:43 am

    Zot Kai ware!
    tan toe tan toe

  11. Big Deal
    June 7, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Seem like some of you will mourn for 5 years , get over it , it’s OVER

  12. angry
    June 7, 2016 at 10:01 am

    U said u will remove the vat immediately as u come to office, so don’t turn it around the people are waiting

  13. :)
    June 7, 2016 at 10:08 am

    Remove VAT NOW 🙂

  14. Chastnanet
    June 7, 2016 at 10:09 am

    We VOTED for you to remove VAT. Do it Now!

  15. UWP full speed
    June 7, 2016 at 10:34 am

    Give the man a demm break his knows what to do to hell with you’ll useless people he wil do a good job go ti chas go we love you

  16. Anonymous
    June 7, 2016 at 11:19 am

    You’ll Lucians too stupid I will hear about you’ll later,you’ll must start crying and will want UWP packing,tan toe tan toe.

  17. I VOTED 4 U
    June 7, 2016 at 11:38 am

    Remove VAT NOW or ELSE!