Chastanet: ‘We Inherited A Country On The Brink Of Collapse!’

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On the fifth anniversary Sunday of his United Workers Party’s win at the 2016 general elections, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has been highlighting his administration’s achievements.

He said that the UWP  began its mission of building a new and better Saint Lucia back in 2016.

“We inherited a country on the brink of collapse,” he asserted Sunday on his official Facebook page.

In this regard, Chastanet said unemployment was the highest ever.

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He also said that health care was unacceptable and schools ‘were crumbling before our eyes’.

According to the PM, the roads were in a deplorable state.

And he declared that Saint Lucians were feeling an increased sense of hopelessness.

However, Chastanet said on assuming office, the UWP immediately sprang into action.

He indicated that the party’s mission was to reverse what he described as ‘these negative trends and indications’.

The PM cited what he said were some of the key initiatives the UWP government implemented to improve the lives of Saint Lucians.

Among the initiatives Chastanet mentioned was keeping a promise to reduce VAT and lowering it from 15 to 12.5 percent.

He also said the UWP promised to forgive outstanding hospital bills.

“We did so to the tune of $12 million,” the PM stated.

In addition, Chastanet pointed to the creation of over 2000 jobs in the ICT sector, reducing unemployment from 25 percent to 17 percent before the COVID-19 pandemic, upgrading 17 health centres and opening the OKEU Hospital.

But while listing those and other initiatives, the PM said while the government has achieved ‘quite a bit’, there’s still a lot more to be done.

Headline stock photo courtesy PM’ Facebook page

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