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Former Prime Minister Stephenson King endorsed Political leader of the United Workers Party (UWP) Allen Chastanet as candidate for Micoud South on Sunday evening.
King who previously stayed away from UWP meetings and rallies, only began attending a few weeks ago and whenever he was called to speak, the former UWP leader, avoided mentioning Chastanet’s name.
But on this occasion, King said: “History will show us that throughout the years our mission has always been to ensure a good standard of living and better way of life. And we have continued on that under my leadership, and I have no doubt whatsoever in my mind that under the leadership of Allen Micheal Chastanet, we will continue that mission of ensuring a better quality of life and higher standard of living for our people.”
King who has been a politician for over 32 years said, he helped to form the youth arm of the UWP and during his years as a politician, he saw victory and defeat. He also recalled that there were good and bad times, but this is the worst he has ever seen, under the leadership of the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP).
“When I sit back and think of all the things we have gone through as a party, as brothers and sisters. All of the challenges, all of the hard times, all of the suffering, I ask myself how can you not be a part of this mission of getting rid of Kenny Anthony and the Saint Lucia Labour Party,” King said to loud applause.
The Castries North Member of Parliament (MP) also put to rest rumours that he does not plan to cross the floor after the election, stating that he is it for the UWP and he will continue to stick to his party.
“For those of you out there who are allowing yourself to be misled by the propaganda, when I make up my mind about something I stick to it and I keep my word when I give my word,” he declared.
King has served as a MP for three terms and is the only member of the team of successful UWP candidates, who increased his winning margin during the last general election.