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Although there has been some criticism over the configuration of the new cabinet, former minister Rufus Bousquet thinks while it is unusual, the new prime minister may be “thinking out of the box.”
Bousquet said it’s a little too early for anybody to judge the potential outcome of that new configuration.
“All that signals to me is that the new prime minister is thinking out of the box. He has his own ideas in terms of how he is going to do things and we need to give it an opportunity to see how it works out,” he told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) on Tuesday.
The former Choiseul MP said he was not there when the cabinet was put together and as such he does not know the reason why it was done that way, but he strongly believes that there must be some reasoning behind it.
While some politicians found it strange that Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has taken on the role of Minister with responsibility for External Affairs, Bousquet feels that there is nothing wrong with it.
“While there is some basis for truth in that assessment, nonetheless, there is precedent for prime ministers to be foreign affairs ministers. There is precedent for it. It can work. It’s not impossible for it to work,” Bousquet, a former foreign minister himself said.
He told SNO that in a situation like that however, it would require having trustworthy and competent ambassadors to represent the country at various levels.
According to him, the prime minister don’t usually have to attend meetings unless it’s a meeting being attended by heads of states, noting that a former Antigua and Barbuda prime minister was at one point the foreign affairs minister as well.
Bousquet also commented on the recent election victory of the ruling United Workers Party, stating that it was an overwhelming victory based on the numbers.
“Certainly I think it would have taken a number of people by surprise not least the Labour Party. The margin of victory in certain constituency were quite spectacular. I think it is clear that the people of St Lucia were quite frustrated with what was going on in the former administration,” he told SNO.
The former MP believes everyone should now come together and ensure that there is support for the new government.
“It’s the government of the country. And at the end of the day, we should not be disparaging of those who are not there anymore. People have come in they have served,” he added.