UWP chairman, Frederick welcomes Preville’s run for leadership

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UWP chairman, Frederick welcomes Preville’s run for leadership
UWP Chairman Ezechiel Joseph
UWP Chairman Ezechiel Joseph

United Workers Party (UWP) Chairman Ezechiel Joseph has said he welcomes Dr. Claudius Preville’s run for leadership of the party.

Joseph told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) today that Dr. Preville is no stranger to the UWP and if his intention is to become leader, then the party welcomes it.

“It’s a democratic process and everybody have a right to offer their service in whatever capacity they feel they can serve the party. I don’t see any problems with that,” he told SNO. However, Joseph said his only concern is whatever decision is made, the results must be accepted.

“Persons have to deal with the results and have to move on after due process has been done,” he said.

The UWP chairman explained that Dr. Preville has not only been a long-standing member, but has in the past provided technical assistance to the party.

Joseph told SNO that Dr. Preville will have to receive a nomination before he can run for that post. The party’s conference of delegates which is scheduled to take place on Sunday, September 21, will see party members being nominated for various positions. A candidate will have to be first be nominated by a constituency bench and the elections are usually held later at the party’s convention.

Meanwhile, ousted UWP member Richard Frederick has thrown his support behind Dr. Preville.

Frederick told the media, “I will support anyone that brings a semblance of unity. The ‘U’ stands for unity in the acronym UWP and I will stand for anyone who brings unity to the UWP,” he stated.

Dr. Claudius Preville.

Frederick claims there is rise of dictatorship in the UWP. Since his expulsion, the Castries Central MP has accused party leader Allan Chastanet of causing a division in the party and the support base.

On Thursday, August 19, Frederick told the media, “With Allen Chastanet there is and there can never be hope… If you do not support Allen Chastanet, you are in for it.”

Chastanet was elected political leader of the UWP in August 2013. Upon taking up that position, former Prime Minister Stephenson King was removed as opposition leader. Micoud North MP Dr. Gale Rigobert has since taken up that post.

Dr Preville recently announced plans to run for leadership of the party. Preville said he is being encouraged to do so by many party supporters. Preville is of the view that there is a void that needs to be filled and he may be the one to do that.

The economist has expressed confidence in uniting and strengthening the party. He plans to contest the Babonneau seat for the party.

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  1. Pip!! The only true Politician that cares for his country!!! Yeah right!! yet after Huricane Thomas he repaired his retaining wall with ballisters placed neatly at the top right along waterworks road with state funds??? and not repair othr areas that were of greater priority!!! All of dem are the same. but that being said, I fully support Mr. Preville.

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  2. Totally agree to the person who said there's only one true politician and its Plillip J Pierre. This man is one of the most honest politicians I've ever met and campaign for, i believe Kenny should step down and allow Mr.Pierre to lead. There's a rumor that Ernest Hillier will be the next person line to lead the labour party, that would be the biggest mistake Kenny would ever think of doing because Mr.Pierre would do a wonderful job.

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  3. Once Richard Frederick supports you. You are doomed. Dr. Prevail ask Richard Frederick to keep his support to himself if you want a chance to win

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  4. Doesn't castanet has a history and a past record as a steward in the country could it be that the same people who voted for him and had confidence in him now do not have it an d have regret because of his style and wants him out. So why blame the slp

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  5. Chastanet has been attacked by the SLP hacks and degenerates once associated with the UWP, Kenny is scared of chastanet....what better way to attempt to destroy chastanet than to attempt to inject preville into the uwp who has no political experience, the support of the degenerates.....result inside fighting, the uwp implodes, who wins.....SLP.
    People everything politically which happens in this country is a well plan orchestrated conspiracy....keep your eyes open.

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  6. I really don't know why people are stressing about politics. Election Day we vote them in, after wining their seat if they can't make the cut we vote them out! Plain and simple. We must vote with our minds and not according to emotions. So whoever wants to exercise democracy, let them go and let's save our energy so we can be ready to sack them when they fail.

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  7. Regardless of who is in charge, as long as Richard cannot get his way, there will be no unity. You have to bend like King and Richard must be able to wrap you round his finger like King for him to support you like he does King.

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  8. All i have to say is. You have to start somewhere to get the experience. You cannot get experience as a PM to be a PM (check the records). An additional benefit that Mr. Preville brings to the forefront is the qualification to be a negotiator. Leaders must possess this important quality since it is through effective negotiation that relationships with people are formed and through these relationships that the leader gets the work done. A very good addition to politics in St. Lucia. We needed that. Babonneau people should be beaming with pride!

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  9. Dr Claudius seems to be a good candidate but just not this time around. He has to prove himself first in some office as a minister before he can run for leader. Take your time Claudius. If it's there for you it will happen in due course. Prove yourself first. Deliver some serious results as then we wi consider you. Until then we accept your participation and support.

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  10. The UWP chairman explained that Dr. Preville has not only been a long-standing member, but has in the past provided technical assistance to the party

    So them fellers was a failure so is this guy
    because his technicality failed.

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    • You can offer advice as much as you want but if people don't put it into effective use then what can you do? That doesn't mean that you have been an incompetent adviser.

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  11. Boy Chastenet say total submission and you now want to challenge him.I know even though he say that is democracy inside he is steaming/Lets see how this one will play out.Good luck bro.

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  12. Some of these guys look good on paper, have all the required qualifications but when they get in office it’s serious blunders and repercussions for the country. Case and point the PRIME MINISTER.

    I DON’T SUPPORT NO SPECIFIC PARTY I JUST WANT TO SEE MY COUNTRY DO WELL.
    It’s been the case for a long time now, I see no change, I see a lot of guys come in, fill their pockets.

    THEN AGAIN WHO KNOWS, MR. PREVILLE MIGHT SURPRISE ME !!

    Out of all the politicians that have come into politics over the years. One politician stands out as a man that appears to show love of country, love of constituency and for the most part show some form of transparency for the political process it’s PHILLIP J. PIERRE!!

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  13. HOME BOY ain't even win a seat, nor has he ran in any constituency yet he wants to run for party leadership only in Saint Lucia. Then he can't seat in the house, Rigo have to fill in for him.

    Take your time, win a seat, do work in a constituency, then based on your performance you can opt to be party leadership.

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