Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has expressed confidence that his ruling United Workers Party (UWP) will emerge victorious when Saint Lucia votes on July 26, based on his administration’s performance in office.
“I don’t believe people are prepared to make a change. I am very confident that we are going to form the next government,” Chastanet declared on Friday in an interview with Journalist, Timothy Poleon, during Real FM’s Newsspin.
” I do believe we are going to get in excess of nine seats,” the PM, whose party enjoyed an 11 to 6 majority in parliament after the 2016 general elections, asserted.
And he expressed the view that there are strong signs that the UWP may well better its performance in 2016.
“I think this is a pretty easy decision,” Chastanet said in regard to the vote.
He said his administration had, among other things, brought the unemployment rate down, increased government revenues, pursued an aggressive programme of capital expenditure and created jobs .
Chastanet said he is proud that the government was able to stabilise the economy, meet all of its obligations and never miss a payroll.
In addition, he said between January and June this country had more tourist arrivals than the whole of the OECS put together and Saint Lucia is on the fastest pace to recovery.
The PM also referred to the way the government had handled the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Up until October we had one of the best track records. Sadly, the opposition decided to have a march and I think our proximity to Martinique caused us problems and we overcame those problems,” Chastanet observed.