Home Affairs Minister, Senator Hermangild Francis wants to contest the Vieux Forth South seat on behalf of the ruling United Workers Party (UWP), at the next elections.
He made the disclosure in an interview with Cecile Actille of MBC Prime.
The Minister cited the need for new vision.
He declared that he respects the current Vieux Fort South MP, Dr. Kenny Anthony.
However, he noted that after 25 years of Anthony as MP, the constituency is practically the same.
“Some other person needs to come with a new vision for Vieux Fort,” Francis stated.
He added that he is not afraid of the current MP but considers it an honour to challenge him.
Francis, a former police officer, recalled that not only was he born in Vieux Fort and spent a lot of time there, but was also the officer in charge of the Southern Division.
“Persons recognise the work I did there. I have never really left Vieux Fort,” he told MBC Prime.
Francis recalled that on Saturday he visited Vieux Fort South.
He disclosed that he had a discussion with Claude Charlemagne whom he considered to have been the front-runner to contest the seat for the UWP at the next elections.
According to Francis, Charlemagne has now decided that he is no longer interested in contesting.
“He figured that he wants me to be the one who is representing Vieux Fort for the United Workers Party,” he stated.
The Minister explained that it is now up to the UWP Vieux Fort Constituency Group and the party’s nation council to decide on the representative.
Francis asserted that he has support in Vieux Fort, but recognised that Claude Charlemagne was a favourite.
He said as a team player he gave Charlemagne his support.
“But now he has told me that he is no longer interested and he recognises that I am the one that seems to have the ability to bring that seat to the United Workers Party, I have decided to reenter the race,” Francis told MBC Prime.