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Members of the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) will elect a new political leader at the party’s conference of delegates scheduled to take place in October.
General Secretary of the SLP Leo Clarke has said that nominations for all positions remain open until September 23, 2016, which will allow persons enough time to nominate their preferred candidates.
Clarke said he is certain that Phillip J. Pierre, who has taken up the position following the resignation of former Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony, will be one of the persons contesting for the leadership position.
Anthony had declared his intention to resign as the SLP leader and not to serve as the opposition leader following the announcement of the June 6 general elections.
The former prime minister managed to win the Vieux Fort South seat for a fifth time but by small majority. His party only managed to secure six of the 11 constituency seats, losing to the United Workers Party.
The SLP general secretary noted also that the party will be discussing the election lost at the conference.
The endorsed first deputy political leader and Laborie Member of Parliament (MP) Alva Baptiste, along with the second deputy political leader and MP for Dennery North Shawn Edwards will remain in their positions.
The SLP’s conference of delegates will open on Sunday, October 2, 2016 and close on Sunday, October 9, 2016
The activities will be held at the Belle Vue Combined and Leon Hess Comprehensive Secondary School respectively.