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Leonne Theodore-John was officially elected as the speaker of the House of Assembly.
The vote was largely a formality after government members of the House nominated her for the position on Tuesday, for the beginning of a new Parliament session.
St. Lucia News Online (SNO) was the first to report that Theodore-John was tipped to become speaker.
Theodore-John not only serves as a senior member of the ruling United Workers Party (UWP), but she is an attorney and a former President of the Senate (Upper House.)
She is also one of two UWP members on the Electoral and Boundaries Commission.
Upon swearing in all the elected Members of Parliament (MPs), the speaker made a request for House representatives to elect a deputy speaker.
But Prime Minister Allen Chastanet reported to the chair that there was an ‘impasse” on that decision and requested that the House adjourn for 10 minutes to meet with Opposition Leader Phillip J. Pierre.
On returning, Sarah Flood-Beaubrun was nominated by the prime minister as deputy speaker and seconded by Member of Castries North Stephenson King.
The former minister and newly elected Castries Central Member of Parliament was therefore elected to serve as deputy speaker in the House of Assembly.
She is a former house speaker and the first female to hold this position in Saint Lucia.
Flood-Beaubrun was reserved for this post, in the event that the opposition did not nominate a candidate.
The opposition made it clear that it was not interested in the post and said it is traditional that the government elects a speaker and deputy house speaker.