The St Lucia Labour Party (SLP) won the general election on Monday as voters showed their frustration and rejected the Allen Chastanet administration after only one five-year term in office.
In addition, political history was created in the Caribbean as two independent candidates entered the 17-member Parliament; one of them was the former prime minister Stephenson King, who quit the ruling United Workers Party (UWP) to contest the Castries North constituency, which he has been representing for nearly three decades.
SLP leader Philip Pierre, said on Choice TV that he was “elated”, thanking his supporters in Castries East who ensured that he won the seat for the sixth consecutive time.
“Here we are, we have won the government and I intend to be a government for the entire country,” Pierre, a politician since 1985, said. “A government of inclusion, a government that will listen to people, a government of tolerance and we are hoping to take this country all the way from the division and conflict it is in now.”
The SLP, which was trounced 11-6 by Chastanet’s UWP in the 2016 general election, won 12 seats, with Chastanet being among the three successful UWP candidates.
Pierre told viewers that the priority of his administration will be health, education and “particularly the young people”.