UWP wins election in St. Lucia; Anthony steps down as SLP leader

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CASTRIES, St. Lucia – The United Workers Party (UWP) led by Allen Chastanet has convincingly won yesterday’s general elections, securing 11 of the 17 seats in Parliament and sending the incumbent St. Lucia Labour Party (SLP) into Opposition.

And on the heels of his party’s loss, Dr. Kenny Anthony announced that he is stepping down as SLP leader, but will serve the Vieux Fort South constituency he won in the polls. His was one of the six seats won by the SLP.

In a statement issued after the results were announced, Anthony conceded defeat and congratulated Chastenet on the win, saying it was “a convincing victory”.

“It is clear there was a major national swing against the St. Lucia Labour Party. I wish the people of St. Lucia the very best as we embark on this new journey,” he said.

“As to my future, I do not intend to serve as the Leader of the Opposition and indeed, Political Leader of the St. Lucia Labour Party. I will, however, continue to serve my constituents of Vieux Fort South and support my other Parliamentary colleagues in their various constituencies as they seek to protect the interests of their constituents.”

The former prime minister said he was deeply grateful for the honour of serving the country for nearly three terms and gave special thanks to Vieux Fort South residents for electing him as their parliamentary representative for the fifth time.

Shortly after the UWP was declared the winner of the 2016 general elections, Chastanet promised that the party would deliver on the promises it made during the election campaign – including a reduction in Value Added Tax (VAT) – and return the country to economic growth. He is also expected to announce his Cabinet soon.

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