LEADER of the Saint Lucia Labour Party said his government will be one of inclusion as it sets forth to govern for the next five years.
Meanwhile the Leader of the Opposition United Workers Party (UWP) Allen Chastanet stated that while Monday’s elections results came as a shock to members of his party, the torch will be held high as the party takes time to heal, and regroup.
“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,” the UWP leader observed.
After acknowledging his party’s defeat at the polls the former prime minister thanked all the supporters of the party who stood with him and his administration in the election and over the last five years.
“Thank you for your thoughts and prayers always, for me, my family and for my colleagues. It was truly a privilege to serve you as Prime Minister. It was also a special honour to serve with a remarkable team of men and women. I am proud of the slate we put forward during this campaign,” Chastanet said, on his Facebook page.
“I believe that everything we have done is to put Saint Lucia on the right footing to true progress and our policies will continue to benefit Saint Lucians from all walks of life. If there is one thing that remains true as you look around our island, is the work of the UWP is present in both our country’s physical development and the development of our people,” he added.
Chastanet said he called Pierre and congratulated him on his amazing victory and wished him the best.
“I look forward to continuing to serve the people of Micoud South and I congratulate my brother Honourable Bradly Felix and all our candidates who put up an amazing fight. We still have to keep working. The United Workers Party is bigger than any one person. We all love this country. Let us pray for peace and tranquility in Saint Lucia, as we do our part as good citizens to see progress continue,” Chastanet said.
Pierre on Monday evening told Saint Lucians that “If there ever was a time our country needed us, that time is now.”
He said the SLP will be a government for the entire country, a government of inclusion, a government that will listen to people and a government of tolerance.
“We hope to take this country out of the mire of division and conflict that exists now,” Pierre said, noting that his government’s priority now will be on healthcare and the youth.