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Incumbent Member of Parliament (MP) for Castries Central and former Housing Minister, Richard Frederick, will not be contesting the next elections, slated for June 6, 2016.
Frederick made the announcement during his MBC television programme on Thursday, citing the short time frame within which to prepare for polls and the fact of competing against both major political parties.
The former United Workers Party (UWP) member had expressed an interest in running again, stating that he is genuinely interested in uplifting the standard of living of people and developing the constituency.
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 went on to win the seat again in 2011.
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