United Workers Party (UWP) Leader Allen Chastanet has responded to a controversial audio recording obtained by the media, including St. Lucia News Online (SNO).
In the audio, a voice sounding like Chastanet indicates that he will not work with Sarah Flood-Beaubrun if she is elected leader of the party.
”I am surely not going to comment on any statements that were made at a campaign with delegates, that was not for public consumption. It was just for members of the party,” Chastanet said.
Both Chastanet and Flood-Beaubrun will vie for the party’s leadership at the National Convention on Sunday.
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“If I wanted to make a public statement I would have. But I’ve made absolutely no public comments about the campaign at all and no public statements about Miss Flood and I continue to uphold that position,” he added.
The former tourism minister said he heard the recording and he was not even finished with his statement, but people have already drawn a conclusion that he doesn’t want to work with Flood-Beabrun.
Chastanet had told SNO in an exclusive interview following Flood-Beabrun’s nomination that it is an indication that democracy is still alive and stronger than ever in the UWP.
He was quoted as saying: “I am very happy that the party could attract a person of that caliber.”
Asked whether he was concerned that Flood-Beaubrun could replace him at the next party convention, Chastanet had said he is not, because “there are no winners or losers in the UWP on an individual basis.”
“It is what makes the party stronger. The delegates have always known who that person is,” he concluded.