A second Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) Member of Parliament (MP) may be bowing out of elective politics, according to recent media reports.
Information suggests that the Anse La Raye/Canaries MP and calypsonian Dr. Desmond Long; alias ‘The Mighty Pep” will not be seeking re-election in the upcoming general elections.
He may be joining Castries South MP and Education Minister Dr. Robert Lewis, who recently announced that he will not be contesting the next elections and have also decided to bow out of elective politics.
Reports are that Dr. Long has not attended the last three meetings held by his constituency branch and efforts to confirm whether he will contest the next election has proven futile.
In light of this, four persons have expressed an interest in contesting the Anse La Raye/Canaries seat on behalf of the ruling SLP at the next general elections.
The four persons include: Cyprian Yarde, Wayne Gaillard, Andrina Prospere and Leozandrae De Leon.
The SLP was heavily criticized in 2011 for not appointing Dr. Long as the health minister, but instead placing him as the Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly.