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Former United Workers Party (UWP) Minister Richard Frederick has said while he wishes Sarah Flood-Beaubrun well at the leadership contest, he believes she will not come out victorious.
Frederick said the only reason for his prediction is because he firmly believes that the process is “infested with manipulation” and Allen Chastanet, will most likely be returned as leader of the party.
The Castries Central Member of Parliament (MP) also maintains that the party will not reap any success under Chastanet’s leadership and could be very well heading for destruction.
Frederick said that Chastanet has a history of destroying everything he touches and express confidence that this same destructive ability will spill over into the UWP.
“It is no wonder that his father has said repeatedly, that he does not want Allen Chastanet around his business,” Frederick told the local media.
Frederick also believes that Chastanet’s actions are weakening the party’s ability to prove to the electorate that they can form the new government of Saint Lucia.
He again accused Chastanet of creating divisions within the party and sidelining and getting rid of persons that oppose his ideals and strategies.
Flood-Beaubrun was nominated by the Gros Islet and Castries North constituency branches to contest the leadership position of the UWP. She has already expressed confidence in wining the leadership post.
She 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.
The last person to challenge Chastanet was well-known economist Dr. Claudius Preville. Preville lost his bid to become leader of the UWP at the party’s 38th Convention, which was held during November 2014.