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Election results a shock – Chastanet

Published:Wednesday | July 28, 2021 | 12:08 AM
Allen Chastanet
Allen Chastanet

CASTRIES, St Lucia (CMC):

Outgoing Prime Minister Allen Chastanet said the results of Monday’s general election that resulted in his United Workers Party (UWP) suffering a heavy defeat has come as a “shock,” but that he remains confident the policies and programmes initiated by his administration over the last five years would put St Lucia “on the right foot to true progress”.

The UWP, which had won the 2016 general election by an 11-6 margin, was only able to win two seats on Monday, suffering a 13-2 defeat, with the other two seats going to independent candidates, who at one time were members of the party.

The leader of the St Lucia Labour Party (SLP), Phillip J. Pierre, was to be sworn in on Tuesday.

In a message, Chastanet thanked all the supporters “who stood with me and our government in this election and over the last five years. We have stayed focused and strong”.

He said he was also thankful for their prayers and that “it was truly a privilege to serve you as prime minister”.

“I know the results came as a shock to many of you, still I call on you, pridefully, to continue to hold the torch up high. We will take time to heal, regroup and keep the Flambeau flame burning,” Chastanet said, adding “no one person can define our historic party for us”.

“We know in our hearts the core values that have carried us through: honesty, respect, teamwork and commitment,” he said, confirming that he has since called Pierre “to congratulate him, and I wish him the best”.