Chastanet wants details of ALBA/St. Lucia agreement made public

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Chastanet wants details of ALBA/St. Lucia agreement made public
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United Workers Party (UWP) Leader Allen Chastanet wants Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony to shed light on the details of St. Lucia’s agreement with ALBA.

In an address to the nation, Chastanet said he has requested that the leader of the opposition write to the prime minister asking him to inform the public of the country’s commitment to ALBA, which St. Lucia recently joined.

According to Chastanet, the UWP and other individuals are “shocked and dismayed” that the Dr. Anthony has yet to inform the public or parliament on these commitments.

“We have only read through press releases by ALBA that our government has decided to join ALBA. I have asked the leader of the opposition to write the prime minister and to inquire on the details on the terms of this agreement. The prime minister must appreciate that if he is obligating St Lucia and all St Lucians, it must come to parliament, especially if we are borrowing money,” he said.

“Venezuela has recently announced a change in terms from one percent to four percent interest rate, and from 40 years to 20 years for re-payment. We are also extremely concerned about the potential fallout with our traditional partners such as the United States, the United Kingdom and the OECS. ALBA members have agreed to expel USAID, support Argentina over the Falklands, and to join a new currency. This government’s previous commitments, such as Rochamel and the Grynberg affair, made without consultation and no parliamentary approval, continue to cost the taxpayers of St Lucia millions of dollars and contribute to our increasing debt and decline in our financial ratings,” Chastanet said.

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  1. what a lot of people are not realizing is that ALBA IS A TROJON HORSE.. IT IS AN ENTITY DIRECTLY FROM IRAN. YES IRAN.....DO YOUR RESEARCH....

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  2. Traditional partners my foot. Who dragged the UK government before WTO demanding that our longstanding preferential trading banana agreement be broken. The US government on behalf of Dole and Chiquita?
    Do we belong to the EU or NAFTA trading blocs? We must act in our own interests. The UK and the US are partners, let us not be misled.

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  3. Seriously Chastanet? Its been more than 40 years since we been listening and following the policies of our so called traditional partners. Yet it remains that more people (lucians) are suffering more today than yesterday. The question is why not accept the fallout with our "traditional partners" and create new partners because it is clear that our "traditional partners" are failing us.

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  4. Party aside- last time I checked we were living in a democracy and citizens have a right to be informed. In that light Chastnet has done no wrong but encouraged inquiry and accountability which keeps governments in check.

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  5. Here we go again! He is already pandering to the Americans and British,"our traditional partners." Has he forgotten that St Lucia is a sovereign nation and has a right to act in its self interest? Has he forgotten that the majority of doctors, engineers and nurses in St. Lucia are Cuban trained? If we had to comply with the dictates of our "traditional partners" we would be wallowing in despair. Let us not be fooled by a man who only banter phrases and utter platitudes. If it is in our best interest to be a member of ALBA so be it. Mr. Chastanet has given us a clear indication of what type of leader he would be: a US appeaser, an acolyte of the rich, an implementer of financial austerity measures, a proponent of privatization, and a defender of the rich, the 1%.

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    • In other words..a US puppet..I totally agree with the comment above..a complex picture made simple..very precise and informative

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  6. Now that's what I'm talking about...Kenny loves to make deals under the table. Allen, please help protect our young democracy, it is your birthright.

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  7. Chastanet is shooting himself in the foot, if he continues at this paste he will not be able to stand on when the election comes around. Two wrongs never makes a right but I am amazed to hear him talking about parliamentary consultation. When he was minister of tourism he would not even consult cabinet before spending our money on his failed grandiose ideas.
    To little to late. My advice to you is think before speak. Because you start talking shit again.

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  8. I agree that we need the details of all agreements signed. Yet I am not surprised that Chastenet has began to sing the song for the United States. i suspected he was their puppet and the first thing he would do was attack regional agreements like that with Venezuela. And I dont see Chastenet proposing anything in the best interest of St. lucians. We are no longer illiterate people. Please propose how u will be fixing the issues. Because the last set of things he proposed it looked like we were for sale to the highest bidder in the United States. What about us? What about Caribbean integration? The US would love to get control in Venezuela and keep venezuelans in poverty while Americans get richer. History taught us. The Americans are hungry for surplus markets and investment opportunities for their capitalists. If you think they are out to help u, u will see how much poor people can suffer in a country, while one small set of people get richer with their american friends.

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    • U really sound illiterate. Hv u ever spent time in USA or Venezuela. Do u knw wat ALBA stands for. Do u knw who are the closest allies to Vnz? Is there anything wrong with the PM giving us details on this agreement? Is Chastanent wrong to ask dat we looshans knw about the agreement? Do we knw any details of the contract to build a private jet terminal at Hewannorra? Display how literate and knowledgeable who are.

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      • It is clear you are angry for some reason but have not made a valid point yet..I am waiting.What is your point? Did you read the first line of the statement above?

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