Political pundits made many speculations when Castries North Member of Parliament Stephenson King was voted out of the leadership of the main opposition United Workers Party (UWP) and replaced as leader of the Opposition.
Some even speculated that the former prime minister would break away from the UWP and form a new party, or run as an independent candidate in the next general elections – more so when it was revealed that there was a row between King and the new Allen Chastanet-led executive.
But those insinuations were somewhat discarded on Thursday evening when King told a TV reporter at a political rally in Gros Islet that he remains a member of the UWP.
“Obviously, the public must be curious. The fact is I have consistently indicated to the public, whenever I have the opportunity, to say that I continue to be a member of the United Workers Party. I continued to subscribe to the philosophy of the United Workers Party and therefore no one should read into my absence of meetings, public or otherwise,” he told HTS News Force.
During his presentation at the rally, King bashed the ruling St. Lucia Labour Party’s performance, saying the economy was much better when he was prime minister.
“We do know that there are countries who are struggling,” he told supporters. “… but for you my friends who knew what it was four years ago under my leadership, under the administration of the United Workers Party, I am sure you would conclude that despite all of the challenges, all of the challenges that your government, your United Workers Party government were called upon to face, that we performed regardless of the situation.”
The political rally was attended by Gros Islet Member of Parliament Lenard ‘Spider’ Montoute, Opposition Leader Dr. Gale Rigobert, former Attorney General Lorenzo ‘Doddy’ Francis, Dr. Keith Mondesir, among other party executives.
Party Leader Allen Chastanet was not present.