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Newly elected Political Leader of the United Workers Party (UWP) Allen Chastanet said he is moved by the ‘overwhelming’ support he received from supporters and delegates at the party’s 37th annual convention on July 28, 2013.
Chastanet defeated former prime minister Stephenson King to take home the party’s leadership position at the UWP’s Convention on Sunday at Marigot School.
Speaking after the victory Chastanet said he and his team are “mindful that the delegates sent a clear message by delivering to us a strong mandate.”
“We will be moving immediately with a deliberate commitment to review and modernize the operations of the Party, he said.
A press release coming from Chastanet’s team also related words of gratitude to “all who supported and believed in the ideals and values of Mr. Allen Chastanet and the team of men and women who offered themselves for service and to be agents of meaningful change.”
The release additionally extended words of appreciation and respect to King and members of the outgoing executive for service to the party.
According to the release, a meeting will be held in the next few days to begin the transformation process. Input and participation from all supporters, both here and abroad, are said to be paramount to the process.
“All of these sectors will be needed to play an active role in the decision making process and development of the party.” the release said.
“I and my team are committed to bringing strong leadership to the party now and for the future…to all party supporters who may have been frustrated or disillusioned, we call on them to prepare to assume their responsibilities as members of the party through active involvement,” Chastanet said, while promising that a party secretariat will be set up within the next month.
“When this is done, we will be reaching out to all members, offering them a role in charting a viable future for the UWP and its return to office at the next general elections.”