Minutes after the announcement was made that Sarah Flood- Beaubrun will be the new United Workers Party (UWP) candidate for Castries Central, Peterson Francis sought to explain the reason for stepping down.
Francis, a defector of the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP), said that over the last few days, he had reasons to reassess his position as the UWP candidate for Castries Central.
He contacted the political leader and the hierarchy of the party to express those concerns, which he described as “very strong family concerns”, expressing an interest in stepping down.
“The political leader asked me for a few days to consider the decision, which I gave. He came to me and said reluctantly that the decision has been accepted, because he realized that the concerns were very serious.”
The politician made it clear that he was “not pushed by the UWP” to withdraw from the race nor step down to allow Flood- Beaubrun to run the seat at the next election.
Francis told the press that he is nevertheless happy that Flood- Beaubrun has been chosen to replace him.
“We have a personal relationship. I could tell you I’m her customs broker. Not financial broker,” he joked. “I was extremely happy and I want to assure you that you have my support 100 percent.”
Francis had won the runoff to represent the main opposition in Central Castries at the next election. He had defeated Bain Nathaniel at the UWP’s run-off held Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015.