Political Leader of the United Workers Party (UWP) Allen Chastanet said he is confident of being re-elected leader of the party and helping the UWP win the next general election.
Chastanet made this statement during Wednesday night’s “Hutton Button Issue” programme with Timothy Poleon, where he declared that the UWP will be the choice for most citizens at the next elections.
This is despite there have been a clear division within the party, especially with senior members already publicly declaring their support for his competitor Sarah Flood- Beaubrun, who was recently nominated to contest the post. of leader of the UWP.
According to him, the party has built a strong presence on social media sites and there have been a great level of distress and dissatisfaction among the citizenry, on the manner in which the country is being run.
But in a recent interview with St. Lucia News Online (SNO) Chastanet said he is not concerned if Flood-Beaubrun replaces him, 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 said.
The former tourism minister had told SNO that he is comfortable with the work that he has put in to help strengthen the UWP, noting that he always wanted his mandate to be renewed.
“But if in fact the party wants to remove me, I am fine with that. But I mean I am very comfortable and confident about the work that I have achieved and the level of response I have received.”
Meanwhile, Flood-Beaubrun has said the UWP is the best party to govern Saint Lucia at this time because the ruling SLP administration of which she was previously a member, has failed to deliver a better life for Saint Lucians.
The former health minister has also expressed confidence in winning the post of leader of the UWP.
“I believe that my leadership style will foster greater unity and encourage broader participation of members as we prepare for general elections,” Flood-Beaubrun told SNO in a recent interview.
If elected leader of the UWP, Flood-Beabrun said her main goals and objectives are to prepare the party for general elections and prepare for government.
Chastanet and Flood-Beabrun will face-off at the party’s National Convention slated for November 15.
The last person to challenge Chastanet was well-known economist Dr. Claudius Preville. Preville lost his bid to become leader of the UWP at the party’s 38th Convention, which was held during November 2014.