The late Fidel Castro has been praised by both the government and opposition in Saint Lucia.
The former Cuban leader died at the age of 90.
Prime Minister Allen Chastanet sent a condolence message on behalf of the government and people of Saint Lucia.
He described Fidel Castro as “truly remarkable” and an “incredible figure” in world history.
“Former president Fidel Castro will always stand out as an incredible figure in the history of the world and the Caribbean,” said Chastanet.
“We must commend his achievements, what he did for his own country and what he has done for the Caribbean in terms of education and health care. ”
According to the Saint Lucia Prime Minister, Castro was a real revolutionist.
He asserted that whether one agreed with his ideologies or not, the late former President’s tenacity was something that had to be appreciated.
Chastanet stated that what Castro has done for Saint Lucia and the rest of the Caribbean is really invaluable.
“I have already spoken to the Ambassador of Cuba to Saint Lucia this morning to extend our heartfelt sympathy to the nation of Cuba and let the Cuban people know that Saint Lucia stands by their side in this time,” he disclosed.
The Prime Minister said that the Saint Lucian flag will be flown at half- mast in recognition of the passing of the former president.
He revealed that his Government will be reaching out to the Opposition in relation to attendance at the funeral service.
Chastanet said he knew that former Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony had a special relationship with Castro, as did former Prime Minister Stephenson King and other former leaders throughout the Caribbean.
“I only got to meet the President in a private capacity and never in a public forum and this is something that I regret,” the Saint Lucia Prime Minister said.
He said he recognizes what Castro has achieved and what he has done as truly remarkable, especially when taking history into account and the revolution and where he took Cuba.
“To take on the US the way he did, whether you agree or not you have to admire those achievements,” Chastanet declared.
Opposition leader, Philip J.Pierre, said it is with a feeling of deep sadness and regret that the world woke up on Saturday November 26th, 2016 to the sad news of the death of the Great Father, Patriot and Hero, of the Cuban People, Commander in Chief, Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz.
Pierre said in a statement that Commander Castro will be remembered by many as the world’s most consistent, committed, fearless and revolutionary leader.
He asserted that Castro fought for the liberation and well-being of the people of Cuba, the Americas, and indeed the entire world.
“The people of Saint Lucia will be eternally grateful to Comrade Fidel for transforming the lives of hundreds of Saint Lucians through interventions like the Scholarship Education Program, Miracle Eye Care Program, and numerous other initiatives,” the leader of the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) said on behalf of his party.
He noted that “Comrade” Castro was a tireless fighter for health, education, social, human and economic development for all people, particularly the rural and less privileged.
Pierre said his revolutionary spirit will continue to live once oppression, exploitation and poverty exists in the world.
“The Political Leader, executive and members of the Saint Lucia Party, express sincere and deepest condolences to Comrade President Raul Castro, the Government and people of Cuba and members of the Cuban Communist Party during this time of deep grief and reflection. May the spirit of Comrade Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz continue to guide us all,” Pierre said in his statement.
Cuba’s Government has announced that former president Fidel Castro will be interred in a cemetery on December 4, following several days of mourning and a tour of his ashes throughout Cuba.