Former Prime Minister, Doctor Kenny Anthony, has explained why he resigned as political leader of the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP).
Following his party’s 11 to 6 defeat at the June 6, 2016 general elections, Anthony announced that he was quitting as SLP leader.
“That is what honourable people do – people of integrity do,” the former Prime Minister told HTS Television’s Rehani Isidore during an exclusive interview that was broadcast last night.
Anthony made reference to recent events in the United Kingdom.
He recalled that the morning after the ‘Brexit’ vote when the majority of the people of the United Kingdom voted in a referendum to have the UK leave the European Union, Prime Minister David Cameron announced his resignation immediately.
Anthony noted that since then, Cameron’s announcement has been followed by other adjustments and other resignations.
“Having lost two general elections, very clearly I would not have had the credibility to continue as political leader or for that matter as leader of the opposition,” the former Prime Minister declared.
He noted that after a party has lost a general election, there is always anguish and pain.
Anthony observed that it a difficult time emotionally.
He said once that period is over, explanations are sought.
“People latch on to the simplest explanations as to why a political party was defeated and very clearly the sooner I made my exit, the better,” the MP for Vieux Fort South asserted.
He declared that any political leader who has led his party into an election defeat must take responsibility for the loss and resignation is one way of going so.
Anthony himself managed to hold on to his Vieux Fort South seat by what was considered a relatively small margin for a sitting Prime Minister.
The former Prime Minister dismissed reports that he had boarded a LIAT flight out of Saint Lucia after the general election defeat.
“Why would I do that? I was born in this country,” he told Isidore, adding that the truth of the matter could easily have been verified by speaking to LIAT workers at the airport, some of whom are supporters of the victorious United Workers Party (UWP).
Anthony revealed that he has been in Saint Lucia, shopping, attending public functions, looking after his home and getting needed rest.
He disclosed that on election night he followed the voting patterns and noted that very early there was a major swing.
Anthony said he realized that something was happening and it would be very difficult for the SLP to hold on to the government in the face of the results.
“There was no room for doubt – it was more like an avalanche,” Doctor Kenny Anthony declared.