Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) leader, Philip J. Pierre, won an overwhelming vote of confidence as party leader Sunday.
The vote took place at the closed session of the SLP convention at Fond St Jacques, Soufriere.
During a secret ballot, 273 votes were cast in Pierre’s favour and 3 against.
“I am very pleased with the results,” he told St Lucia Times.
Pierre explained that the vote of confidence in the party leader is taken at every convention as stipulated by the SLP constitution.
He expressed the hope that the vote on Sunday would be the beginning of the SLP returning to office for the benefit of the people of Saint Lucia.
Pierre has served in various government ministries and has been an MP since 1997.
He also served as Deputy Prime Minister and has held various posts in the SLP including Chairman, Treasurer, 2nd Deputy and 1 st Deputy leader.
Asked to respond to his critics who have questioned his leadership ability, he told St Lucia Times that he comes to the job with ‘experience and competence.’
Pierre dismissed the criticisms levelled at him as being part of politics.
“People will say what they want to say,” he declared.