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Updated on July 5, 2020 11:46 am
Updated on July 5, 2020 11:46 am
Updated on July 5, 2020 11:46 am

Chastanet: Former government made it difficult for new administration

Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, has indicated that the former Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) administration, as a result of decisions it made,  has made things difficult for his government.

By way of example, Chastanet said there were Ambassadors who have contracts with no “out clauses” and investors who were signed up two days before the general elections with no “out clauses” in the contract.

The Prime Minister said his administration has been meeting with some Ambassadors, some of whom have recognized that they should resign and have offered to quit.

However, Chastanet disclosed that some have not.

He explained that as a result, announcements will soon be made regarding changes in Saint Lucia’s embassies

“I have not had the opportunity of moving quicker because obviously there are legal issues and we have to always follow the rule of law,” the Saint Lucia Prime Minister explained.

He spoke of civil servants who were given three-year contracts in May with no out clauses.

Chastanet said as a result his government has had to go through a lot of details to work through the situation.

The Prime Minister said that some boards did not want to resign, making the process of appointing new board members more extensive than usual.

“We have also gone though the process of meeting with board members to ensure that the board members are very much in tune with the policy direction we want to go in,” he noted.

According to Chastanet, his administration is not in a rush to appoint people ‘willy nilly’.

He said his administration is using the current time scale to work on its overall plan.