Former Prime Minister Stephenson King made a surprise appearance at the United Workers Party’s (UWP) public meeting held in Babonneau on Sunday.
King was greeted by senior party executives and candidates of the UWP, when he showed up at the event, and was later ushered onto the stage and given a seat at the front row.
Political Leader of the UWP, Allen Chastanet and King shook hands and embraced each other, as the crowd burst into loud cheers, as they all welcomed the former UWP leader.
The two then shook the hands of supporters, who was seen standing at the front row, close to the stage.
Chastanet then took to the stage to welcome King, who he described as a man who made an incredible contribution to the UWP and Saint Lucia, and confronted tremendous adversity as Prime Minister.
“He had to hold Saint Lucia tight with the worst recession that we ever had,” Chastanet asserted.
King has been visibly absent for most UWP public meetings and forums for quite some time.
The veteran politician had made it known that despite he strongly believes the party is divided, he will continue to serve the people, not only in his constituency, but all Saint Lucians.
King had lost the leadership of the UWP to Chastanet at a party convention in 2013, but remains popular in some areas, based on the number of years he has been with the party.
He has served as a Member of Parliament (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.
King will be contesting the Castries North seat again at the next polls.