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The head of the political science division of the University of the West Indies Cave Hill has come out with his own predictions of the path that will be taken by the new Allen Chastanet administration.
Tennyson Joseph, the head of the political science department of the university, believes that Chastanet will take certain paths based on his experience as a businessman. These remarks were made in an email interview with political review blog World Politics Review.
” It is likely that Chastanet will work to expand ties with the United States, given his business-oriented background and the fact that he studied there,” Joseph said.
He however cautioned that Chastanet may face rebuttal by the US due to issues of corruption that plagued the former UWP administration:
“Chastanet may continue to face issues of corruption that plagued the previous UWP administration, and this may strain relations with Washington,” he said.
He further added that Chastanet, being business oriented, may naturally pursue matters in a manner that may affect regional integration:
“As a business-oriented prime minister, Chastanet is more likely to pursue issue-by-issue bilateral interests, rather than promote regional cooperation as a goal in itself.,” he said.
The political scientist pointed to many evidence of this, particularly what he claimed is Chastanet’s hostility to the development of LIAT and his stated goal of pursuing other options.
In closing Joseph stated that it may take time for Chastanet to become familiar with history and current state of Caribbean integration and that many expect St. Lucia’s role in regional projects will diminish under his watch.