Anthony steps down as SLP leader

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Dr. Kenny Anthony

Dr. Kenny Anthony

Former Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony has announced plans to step down as the political leader of the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) following defeat in this year’s general election.

“I do not intend to serve as the Leader of the Opposition and indeed, Political Leader of the Saint 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,” he said.

Anthony and his party conceded defeat and sent congratulatory message to Prime Minister -elect Allen Chastanet and the United Workers Party (UWP) for the resounding victory at the polls.

“On behalf of the SLP and also on my personal behalf, I congratulate Mr. Allen Chastanet, Leader of the United Workers Party on his victory at the polls today, June 6, 2016,” Dr. Anthony said in a Facebook post.

The former University of the West Indies law lecture said on all accounts, it was a convincing victory, and it is clear there was a major national swing against the SLP.

“I wish the people of Saint Lucia the very best as we embark on this new journey. I am deeply grateful for the honour of serving the people of Saint Lucia as Prime Minister for nearly three terms,” he added.

He also thanked the people of Vieux-Fort South for electing him as their MP for the fifth time.

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55 comments

  1. Steps down on a foreign airport you mean? That is sounds more like it to me.

    (0)(0)
  2. When I said "I feel your pain", I lied!!!

    (0)(0)
  3. Finally.... the stench of your arrogance and self proclaimed superiority and godship and fallen.The masses you claimed are inferior has dictated that your (slp) nepotism and elitistism must end. In one day it came crashing to a grinding halt!
    Lesson to be learnt for the likes of you....never forget it is the majority who has the power to make change.
    Now go hide under the nearest rock.

    (15)(1)
  4. Kenny you remained too long , it was obvious you had become unpopular and part of the problem. You knew that but the thirst of power and the misplaced adulation from your physcophant fan club kept you in position.
    You and your government completely lost touch with core Labour voters, you would not listen when we said that we were suffering, instead you would tell us no you are not you only think you are. One of your senior Ministers told us you can eat on $5 a day is one example of how out of touch you all were.
    NICE STEP you tried to sell this short term employment as a panacea to our employment need and moreover you conveyed that we should be grateful.
    The worse indictment is that your government and its party became arrogant,and uncaring and for that you were rejected by the people.
    Leo Clarke, Claudius Francis, Larcorb, Philip Pierre your arrogance was a significant contributor in the demise of the party.

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  5. That is Kenny at his best. The electorial commission had not released the results of most of the seats when he announced to the nation that he would not function as leader of the opposition or continue to serve in his capacity as party leader. What a slap in the face of the thousands of supporters of the party. He could have waited to have a meeting with his team and allow them to at least appoint an interim leader, then make that announcement, but again that's the arrogance of Kenny.
    Sad too that it is only after the humilitation at the polls and his announcement that SLP supporters can now talk and blame him for the defeat on so many grounds.

    (50)(0)
  6. Just leave. Shoo!

    (6)(1)
  7. One thing for real, That name Kenny shall remain in you lot mouths forever..

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  8. Kenny SLP lost was not by accident, it was not because there was a major national swing against the SLP the swing was against you. The people were fed up with you, and you should have seen it coming, and should have made your exit in grand style but you chose to exit in shame. You took us for granted, imagine coming on National T.V on the eve of elections with an address to the nation, but instead you continued to campaign for your party, was that necessary? I guess this got the viewers even more annoyed, it meant that you had the last say to the voters, I do not believe this went down well, you did more harm than good and so they went out to vote with a vengeance just to get you off their backs once and for all

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  9. Up where we belong

    I thought it was very distasteful to congratulate our new Prime Minister via
    face book. That is the disrespect and arrogance of Kenny. When you Kenny
    see a St. Lucian from now on you "must" respect us.

    (65)(18)
    • What do crude country bucks know about protocol? Do you think that they know anything?

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    • I agree Kenny desrespected the people of St. Lucia and our new Prime Minister in the manner he pretended to congratulate The United Workers Party

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  10. This was always going to be the man's last term regardless if he won.

    Stop with the bullshit.

    (22)(51)
  11. It is a sad day indeed for the SLP. However, I think it is patently unfair to place all the blame for the party's dismal performance at the polls on the shoulders of former Prime Minister Kenny Anthony. I think the bunch of swell and empty headed morons he surrounded himself with are equally to be blamed. That's what happens when politicians become too arrogant and swell headed.

    (27)(6)
  12. Now st Lucian got what they wanted now I coming for what I need I want to go shopping in the US that was a promise we get to go to the us with no visa

    (14)(41)
  13. Hello????? Anybody seen Jadia????

    (70)(10)
    • Yes, she is a patient at the new General Hospital. PM Chastenet had to open the hospital late Monday night after the results of the elections since there were so many labour casualties, and VH could not accomodate them all.

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  14. My heart aches ????!!... But am still hoping and praying for the best for my fellow St Lucians!! I love my island to the bone!! It's all in the hands of God now!! PEACE!!

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  15. You should have done that long time But awa you could not let go Good riddance to you. I hope your successor is not as arrogant as you I hope your successor does not do like you with your inner circle of benefactors

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  16. It was about time. The people don't need you and even when you were there you didn't do anything for them.

    (33)(15)
  17. You did not listen so now you feel. Enjoy your retirement.

    (34)(5)
  18. LaCobbs cost you this election.
    Ernest cost you this election.
    St.Jude cost you this election.
    You pushed us away from you.
    UWP did not win, YOU lost!!!

    (64)(3)
  19. You also need to do the honorable thing and step down as the District Representative for Vieux Fort South. We know we won't get the Administrative Building you promised. So do us a favor and move aside gracefully.

    (41)(19)
    • You are as gullible as a fish being fed a worm. You at that stage still fell for that? You are one hell of an idiot.

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  20. You don't have a choice. You Can't take the Shame.

    You had no regard for the people of St Lucia and it was time that UWP end this Misery you put them in.

    (36)(6)
  21. As a Labor supporter I did not vote because I am not satisfied with my party's antics as their strategy clearly does not work. I dont know what else to make of this except that.....poor ppl fed up!!

    Most government contracts goes to Gadjadha...hmmmm i really thought his one vote would make y'all win

    Nonesense!!!!

    (45)(5)
    • if your party does not keep promises, strategies not working and you are dissatisfied you should have been up there voting for change. Not voting for the change is like encouraging all the things that went wrong in this place, you must take a stand.
      Take comfort in knowing that you are not voting the party out but standing up against the corruption of the members of your party. We must place the good of the people and country ahead of the party.

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  22. Being Opposition Leader is too humiliating, is it?

    (21)(2)
  23. Alva Vs Pip Vs Hilaire now start.
    Who go referee that match.

    (35)(4)
  24. I told some people that. They do not want to believe that this man is only in it for the title. He has never been interested in people. He is not a people person. Everything in politics is about him, not the people he mouths that he represents. The is why we had such a snow storm of promises. There was nothing behind it other than getting to remain PM.

    Had he lost his seat, he would most probably would have been be on a plane to either Barbados or Trinidad this morning. Vieux Fort still has too many foolish people walking the streets believing that "God had sent them a white man" to take care of them.

    It is still the same old slave mentality of those plantation slaves, who cared nothing about dignity and freedom. They just wanted a better slave master. They chose and they hid their French slave masters from the British slave masters. Some Saint Lucians just will not, or just cannot learn.

    The rest of the country had to save them. They are like newborn puppies in a litter. Their eyes are not yet fully open. We always get the government that we deserve. And it is a new dawn.

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    • Anonymous who ever you are ,those are some harsh words to say to the people of Vieux fort . You compare them to slaves on the plantations ,puppies standing in their litter. You are behaving like the house slave who thought that he was better than those who work on the plantation.Your degradation of your fellow man is not cool , because they choose to vote for DKA . From one lucian to the next were all born as free agent , it's their democratic right to vote for who ever they choose ,to represent them . You have no right to call them plantation slaves or puppies in their litter. I hope that you have no position of responsibility.

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    • Matthew Alexander

      Whoever you are, that sounds exactly what the electorate have done by electing Chastanet as the new leader

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    • isnt allen chastanet our Pm white?....what the hell u saying bro....are u even a uwp supporter...

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  25. LOL, poor jab, you won't be missed.

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  26. Now here comes an end to partisan politics and with a newly elected government, we will see
    a new and improved method of governance. It will reflect a regime for the people, by the people,
    and an island where all the benefits of hard work is distributed as even as possible. Saint Lucians
    are to be applauded for the result of this election. These arrogant SLP members missed the mood
    and sentiments of the people? You do not take people for granted. Proves you are SELFISH!

    Corruption, incompetence, greed and blatant arrogance has been thrown to the curb. The " all
    inclusive" vision will soon unfold for the population to get used to. A lot of ex-pats are relieved and
    the number of phone calls across North America as the results came proved that we are watching. In fact we were watching with fear that our beloved island was being strangled. We have now come
    to a place where common sense must prevail. Our country first, and not just party affiliation. If you
    truly care about St Lucia, forget the self serving politicians ,and elect the ones with the right vision for the country.

    Free at last, free at last, Thank God, it is beginning to feel like we are free of Incompetence. Congratulations to the United Workers Party and to the vibrant men and women of the new government. God bless all of you and may he guide you in your thoughts and efforts as you take matters into your hands. I think you make a fine looking team.

    (23)(3)
  27. Take the sweet with the salty Kenny. If SLP had win you would have sit down large as PM. You would have been smiling.
    Well now sit down large as leader of the opposition. Oh, that to small for you.
    Ba bye kenny, ba bye.

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  28. Mr. Former PM why is now you choose to step down?? U could have announced that before the election.. I bet that you won't be contesting again

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  29. Indeed there was a national swing against the labour party. The signs were there. You guys failed to heed them.

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  30. You brought this upon yourself, Mr. Prime Minister. Your arrogance had gotten the better of you. You seemed to had forgotten that you worked for the St.Lucian people and not the other way around.

    You were becoming a dictator and the people you surrounded yourself with were afraid to tell you so; anyway, I hope you learn something from this horrible defeat.

    (32)(3)
  31. Keeping in check

    Pm.. He who feels it knows it.. your Dictatorship days are over.. Pharoah!.. If uwp does not work for the people and are accountable to the people we gonna impeach him the same way we got rid of you.. It was a strong message to you politicians that gone were the days where we see red or yellow.. Accountability and transparency we want in our Government.
    We are not the hacks! We are the silent voters!

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  32. You are such a sore loser kenny!! Right of the bat you are just gonna bailout on you comrades....no surprise to me, expected no better from you...I think Alva could lead the slp better than you did.

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    • tell me what did alva do as minister except get on planes and more planes? u must be kidding me to think that he even suited for any post at all!

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  33. Stlucains has spoken.Go bye

    (15)(2)
  34. Bye bye Kenny bye bye. Bye bye kenny bye bye.

    (23)(1)
  35. Good riddance !!! Just go away, we had enough of you and your lies.

    (24)(3)
  36. good riddance Kenny, never again will you lead sweet Helen.

    (28)(2)
  37. bye kenny

    (15)(2)
  38. Bye Bye Kenny. You had to go

    (23)(2)

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