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Kenny D. Anthony Out! Allen M. Chastanet In! for St Lucia 2016 elections

- St Lucia Labour Party (SLP) defeated in June 6, 2016 general elections as the United Workers Party (UWP) wins in a landslide taking 11 out of 17 seats
St. Lucia's outgoing Prime Minister Dr Kenny D. Anthony (left) and incoming Prime Minister Allen M. Chastanet (right). Photo: Internet source
A scene from one of the United Workers' Party's (UWP) political rallies. Photo:
A scene from one of the United Workers' Party's (UWP) political rallies. Photo:
Supporters of the St. Lucia Labour Party (SLP) during a political rally prior to the elections. Photo: Telesur
Supporters of the St. Lucia Labour Party (SLP) during a political rally prior to the elections. Photo: Telesur
CASTRIES, St Lucia, WI – Unlike the Virgin Islands, the winds of change have hit St Lucia. Economist Allen M. Chastanet led his United Workers Party (UWP) to a resounding victory in the June 6, 2016 St Lucia general election and immediately signaled his intention to turn around an ailing economy, deal with a ballooning debt, while at the same time keeping citizens at the heart of the new socio-economic plans for St Lucia.

Big Win by Opposition Party

“I want to say a big thank you to the people of St Lucia…let them know we are not going to let them down,” Chastanet said at his first news conference, according to Virgin Islands News Online's media affiliates in Castries, St Lucia’s capital city. Preliminary figures showed that the UWP had won 11 of the 17 seats contested in the general election, leaving only 6 for the outgoing Prime Minister of Dr Kenny D. Anthony and his St Lucia Labour Party.

“Thank you for the support in energising us,” the Prime Minister elect told the local media.

Chastanet said that while he has not received any communication from outgoing Prime Minister Dr Kenny D. Anthony regarding the outcome of the election, he wanted to name his Cabinet as soon as he has had discussions with other members of the victorious party.

Dr. Kenny D Anthony conceded; will not serve as Opposition Leader

But in a statement, defeated SLP Leader and soon to be former Prime Minister Anthony congratulated the UWP, noting that “on all accounts this was a convincing victory.”

The statement issued to regional media houses, including Virgin Islands News Online (VINO), said “It is clear there was a major national swing against the SLP [St Lucia Labour Party]. I wish the people of St Lucia the very best as we embark upon this new journey,” said Anthony, noting that he has no intention of serving as Opposition Leader and indeed as the leader of the opposition party.

But he pledged his support to his colleagues and thanked the country for the opportunity of serving as Prime Minister on three occasions, saying also he would remain as the parliamentary representative for Vieux Fort South.

According to St Lucia media, incoming Prime Minister Chastanet described the victory as an “incredible achievement” saying that the electorate had understood his party’s “Five to stay Alive” strategy reiterating that the imposition of the value added tax (VAT), high unemployment, and a 66 per cent increase in the cost of piped water had impacted the nation heavily, with many people finding it difficult to manage their households.

“These are the things that strangled the people…and I think that any responsible government has to address the problems of the people,” he told reporters moments after it was clear that his UWP would take power in St Lucia.

Change everywhere except the VI

Within the last four years, some 95% of Caribbean Islands have changed their Governments replacing them with the Opposition Parties. These islands include Jamaica, Anguilla, Guyana, St. Kitts-Nevis, The United States Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua and Barbuda, Montserrat, Bahamas, Grenada, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands among others.

However, a few islands in the region have seen the ruling parties hold on to power, including the Virgin Islands, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Dominica.

21 Responses to “Kenny D. Anthony Out! Allen M. Chastanet In! for St Lucia 2016 elections ”

  • Xxx (07/06/2016, 06:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ah wwwow
  • The people - the silent majority. (07/06/2016, 07:10) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    In a peaceful and quiet election, St. Lucians went to the polls to cast their ballots. Dissatisfied with the government, they took appropriate action through the legtimate democratic process. The people have spoken. They said they had suffered enough. Enough is enough! The people have decided.
    We now continue to pray for a united, safe and healhy country. God is still on the throne in sweet St. Lucia.
    St. Lucians, love the land that gave you birth!
  • dog (07/06/2016, 07:20) Like (28) Dislike (4) Reply
    Only we in the BVI fool fool
  • wize up (07/06/2016, 07:28) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
    why don't Virgin Islands Party place a person-to-person call to st Lucia and have a chat with mr chastanet and find out what his party did to win the election(I know all the VIP cronies will beat up on me now because the truth hurts)
    • God fearing / loving (07/06/2016, 08:46) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
      St. Lucians are God fearing and loving. We prayed as if all depended on God and acted as if all depended on us.

      Actions speak louder than words.
    • voiceofthevoiceless (07/06/2016, 10:11) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
      They should first place a call to the losing party and find out why they lost. Also Fraser could take a leaf out of Dr. Anthony's book and step down. You learn more from losses than wins.
    • THINK! (07/06/2016, 15:26) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      VIP first have to find worthy candidates from now and introduce them to the community. You can not wait to the day elections are called and then began to put a team together. VIP should have started from the day after the last election. Ask Hillary too.
      • Vision (07/06/2016, 17:59) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
        How come we here cant rid the country of the NDP
      • wize up (08/06/2016, 00:07) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
        @ think: some people wants to run for electoral office but some of them are part of civil service so they won't come out openly because they will be victimized: look at Dr Dawson the system plot his demise from his department....
  • traveller (07/06/2016, 08:54) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    thanks for this information VINO...I was thinking and wondering about this
  • Bernie Sanders (07/06/2016, 09:55) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Let's look at NDP record for the year..Are we better off than we were 1 year ago? Let's get a grading session going people,let's check the facts..
    • pep (07/06/2016, 16:50) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
      NDP has already blown 1.5 billion dollars since 2011
      • wize up (08/06/2016, 09:13) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
        @ PEP; you should not make these kind of joke in public;(1.5 billion dollars) where this money gone; I know the law firm got some 5 million(can we ask the speaker about that)....the road just done fix and them mash up again...pier park not finish after over 100 million unaccounted for....private company got almost 10-million to operate an airline but the schools don't have toilet paper and running water.....feel free to add your 2-cents once to ready this....listen I have "diplomatic immunity" so I free to chat my !uck!!!.....I just want to chat about that airline matter; these guys left this territory in the past operation owing our government almost 100 thousand dollars now them back here and being given 10-million of your hard earned tax money NOW if you need any money through the government system you must be in good standing/you can be owing government a dime(I gone til next week)
  • voiceofthevoiceless (07/06/2016, 09:58) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congrats to Allan Chastanet and the UWP on a comprehensive landslide victory. Dr. Anthony did the right thing and stepped down after that big loss, I wonder why Fraser could not be humble enough to do the same?
  • truth of the matter (07/06/2016, 10:11) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    It seems like these fools here in the BVI will rather face death with a set of corrupted thieves rather than shuffling the deck to get a better winning hand.
  • Evaluation is necessary (07/06/2016, 11:34) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    The people gave the SLP a failing grade.
  • Yo Pe!!! (07/06/2016, 11:37) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    ... so UWP's slogan was "Yo Pe"! I guess they had already known what they would get. With now a Prime Minister that looks as white as snow and does not speak patois, I'm guessing people especially other islanders now understand that when St. Lucian's decide to swing, they surely do swing. With empty promises and lack of jobs, St. Lucia was in trouble, I just pray that UWP does what is right. I believe that Sir John Compton (may his soul rest in peace) although smiling, might also be rolling in his grave. 11-6 win in favour of UWP, that is definitely a strong win. Unfortunately, the Leader of the opposition Kenny Anthony has stepped down as Leader of the opposition... "one may question why now?" Anyhow, God bless St. Lucia, and St. Lucians are not that predictable, SLP called elections early and amidst the constant heavy rain on election day, including the thunder, SLP lost.
    • So what's your point? (07/06/2016, 15:41) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      I fail to see the relevance of Chastenet's skin color in all this. And so what if he cannot speak Creole? Kenny looks Hispanic! St Lucians cone in every color and a huge portion of the population cannot speak Creole though they may understand it. Don't bring that race mess around here. St Lucians are one people!!
  • Young people ain playing (07/06/2016, 11:44) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Honestly we wanted to change NDP so bad, we just didn't like VIP slate of candidate. Hope by next election we find good people. We need a change. Things ain't looking good and there are no indication that it will get better
  • Organisation is essential (07/06/2016, 14:00) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    St. Lucians do not play. The election was announced two weeks before June 06. Yet, the United Workers Party were able to consolidate their affairs and galvanise such tremendous support.
    Allen Chastanet is a St. Lucian, and we are happy to have him as the leader of a great team which forms the new government. He hails from my mother's town. His father is well known entrepreneur Michael Chastanet. They have a great team! The team includes a mixture of very experienced and highly skilled politicians like Sarah Flood Beaubren, Stephenson King, and Spider Montoute; the young newbees Brad Felix; and Fedee others not so new, Guy Joseph, Dr.Rigobert, Ezekiel. Great representation island wide.

    I am confident that the work needed will be done for the good of ALL. Great expectations.

    The opposition in the six remaining SLPs is also great!
    We have to keep them accountable and audit them.
    Great expectations!

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