Allen Chastanet wins! (see photos)

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Allen Chastanet wins! (see photos)

IMG-20151115-WA0039Members of the United Workers party (UWP) have re-elected former Tourism Minister Allen Chastanet as leader.

Chastanet’s re-election was by acclamation at the annual National Convention of the UWP on Sunday, (Nov.15) at the Gros-Islet Secondary School.

This is Chastanet’s third re-election. He has been political leader of the UWP since 2013.

The political leader secured 280 votes, while Sarah Flood Beaubrun secured a mere 55 votes. Dr. Gale Rigobert, the current opposition leader, was re-elected deputy political leader.

Chastanet had defeated former Prime Minister, Leader of the Opposition and Party Leader of the UWP Stephenson King and has gained prominence ever since.

The one-time senator had also defeated well-known economist Dr. Claudius Preville to be re-elected leader of the UWP at the party’s 38th Convention held in November 2014.

An economist himself, Chastanet plans to contest the Micoud-South seat in the next general elections.

Arsene James, the current Parliamentary Representative had decided to step down, over issues with his health. But there have been speculations that James gave up his seat so that Chastanet could win it, to enter Parliament.

The Micoud South Constituency is a UWP stronghold and has been represented by the UWP for years.

Chastanet unsuccessfully ran for a parliament seat for Soufriere Constituency in the 2011 general election.

He claims that under his leadership, the UWP has been modernized and that the party is much stronger than it has ever been before, with more transparency and accountability.

But since King’s defeat, there has been a rift among certain members of the party. King and his supporters have openly criticized Chastanet and his ability to lead the UWP into an election victory.

Chastanet has dealt with this matter diplomatically and was even credited for the expulsion of current Castries Central Member of Parliament and former Housing Minister Richard Fredrick.

Chastanet is a former vice president of marketing and sales for Air Jamaica and the managing director of the Coco Palm Hotel.IMG-20151115-WA0056 IMG-20151115-WA0058IMG-20151115-WA0055
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  1. Stop all this negative talks and support ,its becoming embarrassing St Lucian's cannot unite

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  2. Congratulations! I know you would be reelected got a lot to do now? You are the corner stone that the builders refuse stand up and be counted. Caution make smart choices or face defeat, all is well that will end well blessings.

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  3. Congratulations to Mr chastanet. King you made your contribution already now move on or give your full support is either you in or out. We have to get ready andno time to pamper you and all those people talking about chastanet this and he that the man is human. He who is without sin cast the first stone give him a chance. We have to give him a chance in oder to see what he can do. Sir John had is chance vorne Lewis had his chance he was under cdc drinking his rum King had his chance y can't this one have his chance. If he don't work in our favor we put another. All uwp supporters come election come out and vote in large numbers.

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  4. Lucians aimer a ti coleur wai aye yi. White men St Lucians putting in power. Congrats to Chastanet but sorry I will never vote for him. I will move out of St Lucia if they ever put him in power. Chastanet is destruction. All of them lying but Chastanet is tops.

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  5. Nothing has really changed really, you know. You want to know why?

    Chastanet in his own words, indicated that he had nothing new to offer. Remove or some even say "outsell" your opponents. He is a marketing graduate, so dem ah say. He will understand all of that.

    Saint John Compton who sits at the right hand of the God the Almighty, wheedled his way into the minds of people as the New Messiah, told them that he could revive the banana industry. They believed him.

    Our political Cyclops now believes if he can get more and more airlines to commit to come to Saint Lucia, all our problems will be solved. The UWP has swallowed hook, line and sinker.

    Even if he were right about ths in his simplistic and childlike economic innocence, his plans for Saint Lucia remains a one-product economy, with a bumper harvest of "working poor", slaving in hotels for all their working lives mostly as bellhops and chamber maids. They would be condemned to a life of poverty from their day of birth to burial day.

    Friends and family would be getting benefits. Of course! It is just like in the case of a comrade who could stay from home and see hotel property miles away and still claim tax benefits. All dressed up in tuxedos, the Appellate Court had the last word on this type of political shenanigan. To this day, the UWP tribe continues to reward this kind of behaviour.

    Such things matter little in Saint Lucia. We are now well-placed to repeat more of the same. It is the culture of borbol. Did R-W say that the report condemns us an "idiot country". Saint Lucians prove that each and every day. For a people who prefer of a life of slavery to a life of freedom, we can see much more of the same with their funny idea of what they call "better days".

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  6. You have my vote Allen.. I believe you will develop St. Lucia more.. Lucians are afraid of change and afraid to take risks.. All politicians talk bull crap that's why I never vote but this time I will vote for Allen..

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  7. This man is in no fit state to be leader of any political party in St Lucia. Has he put any of his assets in a blind trust? This is something that all budding politicians who are prodigiously wealthy need to do in any democracy so the voters can have confidence in the electoral process.

    This is a requirement to prevent people with lots of wealth from simply buying their way into the political establishment and be placed under obligation by those with vested interests. I doubt he has done this. When a politician is placed under obligation it opens up a pandora's box for opportunism and corruption. He and his family behave like they own St Lucia. About time we send this lot packing with their tails between their legs. We do not want esurient capitalists running the country. St Lucia needs techocrats and pragmatists to prescribe and administer every dose neccessary for it's development. This man does not tick any of the boxes and should be relegated to the dustbins of history.

    Another thing I heard he was born in Martinique, and if this is the case then the current parliament should pass a law preventing foreign-born people from becoming prime minister of St Lucia. America has that law and so are many other countries. Martiniquans have unjustly claimed Empress Josephine as theirs, when we know that she was born in St Lucia. We cannot afford to have them laying claim to another potential leader. That would not be fair. I hope this man never becomes prime minister of St Lucia.

    This man is from the minority and we simply cannot afford to have such a man to lead us into any promise land. This is not back in the day when the monority brutally ruled our country with impunity. This should never happen again. Let someone from the majority come forward and take over the reins. This man being leader is a giant step backwards. I recently suggested the Right Hon. Richard Frederick as a potential leader. I think the right hon. gentleman would be ideal to take over the reins of the UWP.

    St Lucia need to wake up and to stop allowing people who do not have it's best interests at heart to try to assume the captaincy of it's ship. Please give Richard Frederick and Stephenson King the opportunity to take over the reins of this once proud group of big beasts. They are men of probity, valour,integrity and virtue. They are also incorruptible, upright and above suspicion. These two men have all the attributes of good leadership.

    We need to stop this rapacious capitalist in his tracks. He is aggressive and predatory and will do anything to be elected. Let us quell his voracious and insatiable appetite for power.
    Viva Saint Lucia!

    Malcolm L'overture
    Haitian Lucian
    Berlin

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    • Malcolm L'Ouverture GET OUTA HERE!!!!! If you are so bright why don't you go and assist the people in the POOREST NATION in the western hemisphere? Do you love Saint Lucia more than Haiti? We demand that you keep out of Saint Lucia's internal affairs until you have shown us what you have done to help alleviate your country's suffering

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  8. Awa Chas ent go win st Luciana to emotional. They does replace dicipline with emotion when they go to the ballot box so all the ppl u hear calling Kenny all slights of name they are the ones putting him back in power and 1 day after regretting then start the name calling again its a cycle. They did it with Compton for those of u old enough to remember 87 and 93 elections

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  9. "Aunty Sarah" did not stand a chance,she's not UWP material,the former Labourite is not a people's person.I would never vote for a woman who can't even tell me what her plans for inner city youth are when she was minister,& the woman drove off on me.I am GLAD she didn't win 😀

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  10. DONT LIE....YALL LABOUR SUPPORTERS ARE FREAKING SCARED SHITLESS! LETS NOT TALK bs, BUT CONCENTRATE ON THE REALITY OF POLITICS. YOU NEED AN ORGANIZATION...CHECK....YOU NEED A BASE....CHECK....YOU NEED MONEY......CHECK CHECK CHEQUE! LOL....AND YOU NEED A USELESS GOVERNING PARTY WHO ACTUALLY RAISE THE PRICE ON SUGAR AND FLOUR.....HOLD UP! KENNY WAS STUPID ENOUGH TO NOT RAISE RUM AND CIGARETTES, BUT TO RAISE THE PRICE OF SUGAR AND FLOUR! THE BETTER DAYS NEVER CAME, STAGNATION, A ROTTING CAPITAL CITY WITH A NECKLACE (JUST LIKE THE ONE RICHARD FREDERICK HAVE) OF GHETTOS SURROUNDING IT, CRIMINALS IN GOVERNMENT, BUSINESS,AND IN THE STREETS.....COKE PASSING THROUGH LIKE IS A FACTORY, SELLING CITIZENSHIP, AND EVEN EMBASSADORSHIPS....IMAGINE LUCIA REACH TO BE SELLING EMBASSADORSHIPS..... LIKE SO MUCH GIMMICKS THERE HAVE AND LUCIA....AS IN THE GOVERNMENT REACH TO BE SELLING EMBASSADORSHIPS AND MAKING THE SCANDAL PAGES IN LONDON! SO YES, CHAS HAVE ALL THE DUCKS LINED AND TODAY YALL WAS SCARED SEEING ALL THEM YELLOW SHIRTS. BUT, LIKE 2006, YALL ACTUALLY FEEL THAT YALL STAND A CHANCE.....THATS WHAT TALKING TO EACH OTHER IN YOUR LITTLE BUBBLE DOES. ANYWAY, BY JUNE NEXT YEAR CHAS WILL BURST THE BUBBLE. TOOF!

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    • It's all in your head!
      How can we be scared of someone who is habitual Liar and has never achieved anything in life other than living off his father?
      Chastenate is hardly a man.

      SLP winning, is as easy as a hot knife slicing in butter.

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      • u mean u would hope so, the great I AM is in charge of the next elections. We will finally be freed of Kenny and Co

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        • Why you don't ask I AM to guide Kenny and company to make good decisions for this country. Since UWP won all yall religious folks stuck on Daniel 2:21, but as VAT on our asses yall not mentioning Romans 13:1 at all, if you can accept one from De Holy Book you should accept all anything less is irreligion. I AM removed UWP from power because they failed him and mind you there are more Sabbath boys in there than the SLP. Why you so eager for them to comeback? They have not changed one bit. Sounds like you got something to gain from the church club my brother. But you know you can just ask I AM to make Kenny drop a contract your way or some of dat Taiwanese money to ease your frustration.

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  11. Way to go Bro Chas. Now let us unite and get the house in order so we can send kenny and his group of lazy wolves packing. We need to continue putting God first and see how the rest will fall in place.

    All the best... change is definitely coming!!

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  12. VERYYY Disapointed in Saint Lucians. This guy will sell Saint Lucia to the Americans. He does not seem genuine. Very worried.

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