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Now that Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has named his cabinet, persons have been coming forward to critique his decision to reconfigure the various government ministries.
Adding his voice to this is Lucian Peoples Movement (LPM) Leader, Therold Prudent, who said it may be too early to state whether the reconfiguration will be effective or not, explaining that Chastanet and his team should be allowed to work first.
“If it is meant to help the country then i’m saying yes to it. And one should not be quick to try to judge what is happening here. Until they have gone to work and we are able to assess how things are shaping up, then…but its premature to try to judge what he is trying to do here,” Prudent said.
The LPM leader continued, “I know there are those in the Saint Lucia Labour Party, who would still believe that they should be able to dictate to Allen Chastanet what his government should look like, but its his house.”
While he admitted that the appointment is a bit different and it may be viewed as a bit puzzling, Prudent told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that it would be wise if Chastanet explain to the nation his rationale for the decision.
“It seems that basically he has hogged or taken on every single ministry there is. It may be that he has someone for the External Affairs Ministry. Like other countries in the world, we we don’t see a sitting prime minister holding that ministry because most prime ministers would require to be home, to see that things are going right,” he added.
The LPM leader feels that Sarah Flood-Beaubrun may be appointed Minister of External Affairs.
As it relates to the Ministry for Equity, Social Justice, Empowerment, Youth Development, Sport, Culture and Local Government, Prudent said he believes that this ministry is basically the Ministry of Sport and he finds it a bit strange that three ministers have been appointed to this one department.
The LPM, he said, will be a major voice in the next five years and will have zero tolerance for any form of corruption and victimization. Prudent said he hopes that the new government will work for all Saint Lucians.