Kenny Anthony explains his decision to quit

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.



  1. Anonymous
    July 6, 2016 at 8:39 am

    i see you are still throwing shade to Allen. You still havent learnt a thing from your defeat. being born in st.lucia does not make you more st.lucian than him- idiot.

    1. Sad-But-True
      July 6, 2016 at 10:21 am

      Lol..So easy to know your education levels. This is NOT Lol.

      1. Heidi
        July 6, 2016 at 2:48 pm

        So easy to identify outpatients of the Wellness Centre. They are truly sad.

      2. Anon1
        July 7, 2016 at 9:05 am

        Sad-But-True – you couldn’t be more correct with that comment.

  2. Anonymous
    July 6, 2016 at 8:44 am


  3. Jacques Boucle
    July 6, 2016 at 9:03 am

    Your decision to quit is admirable, however, there is a lesson to be learned. Do not take the people for granted. Do not ignore or avoid the pleas of the suffering people. Learn to listen.

  4. Sad-But-True
    July 6, 2016 at 10:17 am

    Educated and Intelligent people know this is, Sir.
    I didn’t bother with all the NOISE emanating from the jaws of the ” ROAD DUSTIES” or “Rum-Shop Gargoyles” who make up a vast audience of a Kweyol show on HotFM.
    They can’t wrap their minds around this. This New Territory to them and this Nation.

    No other Party can come close.

    Thank you for your service, SIR.

    1. Gold
      July 6, 2016 at 12:26 pm

      Brother good for you support and vote your slp party it’s your democratic rights , but you seem intelligent enough to know that only foolish people calls others uneducated. Is that what you use you education for? To disrespect people who voices their opinions? I need to know which education Institute taught you that.

      1. facts
        July 7, 2016 at 8:08 am

        Hahahaha. True. I want to know too

    2. sumed
      July 6, 2016 at 4:08 pm

      u so insultive to our people. u can support who u want thats kool. but show respect the rum shop people is part of those who put him out. slp supportter have no integrity and are one sided

      1. facts
        July 7, 2016 at 8:13 am

        True. Even if they themselves are feeling the pinch.

      2. Anon1
        July 7, 2016 at 9:23 am

        Sumed – why abbreviate the word “you” to “u” but you spell out (some incorrectly) all the other words in full.

        Its a three letter word why not just type it out in full!

        By the way “insultive” isn’t a word also there’s only one “t” in supporter.

  5. facts4life
    July 6, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    Ohh shutup. Where have you being? We don’t want to hear you now. Its too late. You had a whole week after elections to give ur speech. You just cannot stand being in opposition. You too arrogant. U just cannot compare SLU to the UK idiot.

    1. Sad-But-True
      July 6, 2016 at 12:30 pm

      Lol, relax! We do not need you to further tell the world how illiterate majority of you are. Go to sttlucianewsonline and do this crap. You Babbling Ape!

      1. Ole Rat
        July 6, 2016 at 1:56 pm sad-but-true…

      2. sumed
        July 6, 2016 at 4:15 pm

        sad but true is the exactly the reason i will never vote kenny anthony. insultive arrogant moronic attitudes.. u just like the loser u voted for

      3. Sad-But-True
        July 6, 2016 at 5:23 pm

        You ARE NOT NEEDED!
        Find someone Else’s backsides to kiss!

      4. facts
        July 7, 2016 at 8:11 am

        Every vote is needed. U sound ignorant there. Something tell me u ain’t gonna get no more easy money. Lol

    2. Anon1
      July 7, 2016 at 9:14 am

      Maybe you read a different article to the above.

      Please highlight in the above article where he was comparing SLU to the UK.

      Some of you are quick call people names like idiot when your comment is clearly showing what type of mind you possess.

      After you read an article before you jump to make comments read the article again to make sure you understand what it is you’re reading.

  6. Febert
    July 6, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    Go read his NEW comments on fb

  7. Justice
    July 6, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    Sorry no explanation needed. You messed up your party. Selfish and greedy man don’t know when to leave.

    Now just exit and go write another book about a greedy PM who did not know when to quit. It might be a best seller.

  8. KayLayRey
    July 6, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    Saint Lucians when will we learn that INSULTIVE is not a word? The word is INSULTING…

  9. Anonymous
    July 6, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    Sad-But-True (words omitted)stop wasting government time and being a scorpion here. Nasty attitude,seems all that matters is color and not accountability and progress for the country. This country needs a radical Change and polytrickians like Kennyocio need to understand that you can fool some people some time but you can’t fool all the people all the time. So sad for our country,division coupled with hate and turning a blind eye to wrong doing.

    1. Sad-But-True
      July 6, 2016 at 8:00 pm

      Go to bed and pray that you are able to make it through the night.

      1. tom
        July 7, 2016 at 9:42 am

        sad-but-true honestly are you that small minded. honestly i pity you because its people like you who were blinded by the kennynomics and job for the boy bid that got this country in the state it is right now because of a bunch of arrogant bastard led by kenny who refuse to accept that they are responsible for leading the country in this dark deep hole we are in right now.

      2. Sad-But-True
        July 7, 2016 at 9:57 am

        Dude, run your ignorance in the toilets and rum-shops where you belong. Don’t open you mouth on matters that you are clearly ignorant of!

  10. winner
    July 6, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    No threats please, your darkness finally came to light, by the way nice smile you got on fb?

  11. Anonymous
    July 11, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    Seriously come on ppl you shouldn’t entertain that kind of behavior from small minded ppl like they “sad but true” it’s so obvious that this person has a brain smaller than a bird brain and refuses to see anything but red guess she was one of throes under kenny’s spell and in some cases maybe you can’t blame him/her she proberly got an excellent helping hand from him or out of the way helping hand . You blind fool hope it was worth it nonsense.

  12. Anonymous
    July 11, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    Seriously come on ppl you shouldn’t entertain that kind of behavior from small minded ppl like they “sad but true” it’s so obvious that this person has a brain smaller than a bird brain and refuses to see anything but red guess she was one of thoes under kenny’s spell and at the same time maybe you can’t blame him/her she proberly got an excellent helping hand from him or an out of the way helping hand . You blind fool hope it was worth it nonsense.

  13. It's time to get out.
    July 11, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    You are sad you lost and can’t face the truth. That’s why you are sad but true. Take that to the bank. Boom look it.