Castries East MP, Philip J.Pierre, has declared that he respects the will of the people in the outcome of the June 6, 2016 general elections, but cautions against victimization by the new administration.
The Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP), of which Pierre is Deputy Political leader, lost the elections by a margin of 11 to 6.
“I respect the fact that we are no longer in political power and I respect the fact that the people have chosen a new government,” he told the Times.
However the former government minister in the SLP administration said he hopes that the new government does not target his or any other constituency won by the labour party for victimization or exclusion.
Pierre asserted that he is ready to work for the people.
He stated that he is ready to see that all the projects he started are continued and the people of Castries East are treated like citizens of Saint Lucia.
“I hope that the government does not victimize my constituency for supporting me,” Pierre declared.
New Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, had indicated at his swearing in earlier this week, that he wanted to co-operate with the opposition.
Pierre said he hoped the new Prime Minister sticks to his promises.
He expressed his deep gratitude to the people of his constituency, saying:
“I want to thank them from the bottom of my heart. They stayed with me, they stuck with me and I won this election with a comfortable majority. It is all thanks to them, to my team, these people who voted for me all over the years.”
Pierre defeated newcomer, Fortuna Belrose in the general elections.
The preliminary count showed him ahead by over three hundred votes.