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Former opposition leader Stephenson King has described United Workers Party Leader Allen Chastanet as a talented individual who has much to offer the country, particularly in the field of tourism.
He said that Chastanet was brought into the party by Sir John Compton based on this potential. In that same bid, King indicated that sometimes, when persons come into politics with one intention, they later see other options, and could change these intentions.
King described politicians in three categories; those who are there to serve the people, those there for power, and the others for favors.
The former prime minister spoke of tensions between him and Chastanet, pointing out that the first of it began ahead of the party’s 37th annual convention on July 28, 2013 when Chastanet had reportedly gone to the media and announced that he intended to challenge King for the leadership of the party without first informing King, the then leader of the UWP, of it.
King said he was displeased that Chastanet had not first communicated to him his intended to run for leadership. He further point out that this was the same courtesy which Chastanet had recently wanted King to extend to him, before attending a meeting with Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony to discuss the Christmas Eve trough.
Chastanet, in a letter, had reprimanded King for deciding to agree to attend the meeting without consulting with him.
Chastanet took over the leadership of the party after defeating King, , 264-99, at the party’s national convention last year.
Since the elections, party factions loyal to Chastanet and King have not been seeing eye to eye.
Things came to a head recently when reports surfaced of a power struggle in the party after the letter from Chastanet to King on the trough meeting conflict was leaked to the public.
King made these comments during a live Creole show on Real FM on Thursday morning.