Former Member of Parliament (MP) for Choiseul/Saltibus Constituency, Rufus Bousquet, has predicted that United Workers Party (UWP) candidate, Bradley Felix, will lose the election.
“I think it’s a bad deal for him. He is going to lose. There is no doubt about that,” he asserted.
The former Foreign Affairs Minister said Felix is not going to lose the seat because he (Bousquet) wants the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) to win, but because he was part of a process that allegedly attempted to disenfranchise the people in Choiseul.
“I will say he was part of that process unwittingly, because I do not think he deliberately became part of that process. But he got caught up in the promises and schemes of the leader, and his best bet would be to leave that tiger alone. But if he wants to grab the tiger by the tail that’s up to him,” he added.
Bousquet had told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) in a previous interview that the whole process to organize a run-off had been bypassed, because there have been rumours that someone was already selected.
However, he had expressed an interest in contesting in a run-off to become the party’s next candidate for that constituency. But said if this didn’t happen, he may contest the seat as an independent.
Incumbent MP and Minister of Tourism Lorne Theophilus is also expected to contest that seat again.
In the November 28, 2011 General Elections, Bousquet obtained a total of 2,756 votes whereas, Theophilus, obtained 2,810 of the constituent’s votes.
Bousquet is currently serving as chairman of the UWP Choiseul/Saltibus Constituency Group.