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Incumbent Member of Parliament (MP) for Castries Central, Richard Frederick, will be announcing plans for his political future in the next couple of days.
Frederick told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) on Wednesday that he will make an announcement soon on whether or not he plans to contest the Castries Central seat at the next general election.
The MP had hinted that he plans to contest the seat as an independent candidate at the next elections, following his expulsion from the United Workers Party (UWP).
During a press conference held in late December 2015, the former minister had said that he “will be somewhere in the fray to influence votes”, stating that he wants the best for his country.
He has also made it clear his intention not to support UWP candidate for Castries Central, Peterson Francis, noting that he will not support anyone who falls under the leadership of Allen Chastanet.
Frederick was first elected as MP for Castries Central as an independent candidate, having won the by-election held on March 13, 2006. He was later endorsed by the UWP and was re-elected for the UWP in the general election of December 11, 2006.
He was selected in 2006 to serve as Minister for Housing, Urban Renewal and Local Government in the government of Prime Minister Sir John Compton.
Following Compton’s death in September 2007 and Stephenson King as prime minister, Frederick’s portfolio was then expanded to include Urban Renewal and Local Government.
Frederick ran for deputy leader of the UWP in 2008 but lost that battle. He was later forced to resign as cabinet minister in September 2011. His U.S. visa was also revoked.
He won his seat back for Castries Central during the 2011 General Elections.