Wednesday, October 5, 2022

‘This Is A Betrayal To The People Of Saint Lucia!’

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Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has  described the actions of Castries North MP, Stephenson King as a betrayal of the people of this country.

King,  a long serving member of the current ruling United Workers Party (UWP), on Thursday announced that he would contest the July 26, 2021 elections as an Independent candidate.

“”Some people have called it a betrayal to the United Workers Party. I don’t. This is a betrayal to the people of Saint Lucia given what Saint Lucia has been through in the last year and a half and the crises that ensued after COVID, both in terms of people’s lives and livelihoods and what we have had to do in pulling together as a country in salvaging the situation,” Prime Minister Chastanet told a news conference on Friday to announce that Jeannine Giraudy-McIntyre would replace King as the UWP’s Castries North candidate.

He said King was approached several times about his political plans but denied anything was afoot.

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Chastanet said he was ‘surprised, but not surprised’ by King’s move, describing it as ‘probably the worst kept secret in Saint Lucia’.

Even before King announced his decision to go independent, there were widespread reports that he would not be representing the UWP.

In his address to the nation Thursday night, King had asserted that he found myself unable to recognise the founding principles of the party in the government that he was supposedly part of.

He also said he spent time attempting to share his wisdom with his colleagues to pursue a different brand of politics.

However, the Castries North MP said he had reached the ‘inevitable and painful conclusion’ that he can no longer be part of an organisation that he can hardly recognise.

“My last meeting with him was Sunday past,” Chastanet, who is leader of the UWP, recalled.

“I had a one on one meeting with him in which none of these things that he is now expressing did he express to me,” Chastanet disclosed.

The UWP leader said that his meeting with King on Sunday was followed by a television show where he, the Castries North MP and Agriculture Minister, Exechiel Joseph, spoke about the need for resilience in the country.

“There was no indication at that point,” Chastanet told the news conference.

He explained that the UWP also took at face value, King’s assertions that there was nothing to the rumours about him.

Chastanet confirmed acceptance of  King’s resignation from the UWP and from his post as Minister of Infrastructure.

He said the party wanted to thank King for his contribution to the UWP and the country, having served once as political leader of the party and Prime Minister of this country.

But Chastanet indicated that the UWP was moving on.


Headline photo – Flashback: Stephenson King and Allen Chastanet share a light moment

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