Former minister and newly elected Castries Central MP, Sarah Flood-Beaubrun could take up the post of Deputy Speaker in the House of Assembly if the opposition refuses to appoint a member.
Communications Director of the United Workers Party, Nancy Charles, said the government extended an offer to the opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party to select an elected member for the position of Deputy Speaker.
However, they are yet to hear from the opposition as to whether they plan to appoint someone or not.
“We are saying to them that if they wish to continue playing petty politics, its not going to take us anywhere. We think the best thing is for them to participate and elect a Deputy Speaker of the House,” Charles told HTS.
The party official said in the case where the opposition does not appoint a Deputy Speaker, the government has Flood-Beaubrun reserved for that position in the House.
“I am very proud of Sarah Flood-Beaubrun for accepting graciously that role. She had indicated that whatever role the country and her party needs her to play in the development of this country, she will.”
This publication spoke with Flood-Beaubrun on Wednesday, who said she is not clear what role she will play in the new government but is open to working with all ministers.
Flood-Beaubrun is a former United Nations representative under the last UWP Administration. She served previously as a Minister of Health, Human Services, Family Affairs and Gender Relations and Minister of Home Affairs. She was also MP for Castries Central and was the first female Speaker of the House.