On Monday June 6, 2016 Saint Lucians went to the polls and voted in a new government. The Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) led by Dr. Kenny Anthony won six seats, defeated by the United Workers Party (UWP) who won 11 seats. On Tuesday June 7, 2016 Allen Chastanet was sworn in as the prime minister of Saint Lucia, the seventh prime minister of Saint Lucia since 1979. He also became the first leader other than Sir John Compton to lead the UWP to victory.
In conceding defeat Monday evening, the leader of the SLP Dr. Kenny Anthony said that he would be stepping down as political leader of the SLP as well as Opposition leader. Anthony, who represented Vieux Fort – South won his seat. SLP Deputy Political leader Philip J. Pierre also retained the Castries East seat while Alva Baptiste (Laborie), Ernest Hilaire (Castries-South), Moses Jn Baptiste (Vieux Fort-North) and Shawn Edward (Dennery – South) won their respective seats.
The leader of the UWP Allen Chastanet secured 2,495 votes to his opponent’s 1,446 to win the Micoud South seat, while the biggest win for the night was in Gros-Islet, where former minister, Lenard ‘Spider’ Montoute defeated SLP’s Emma Hippolyte – winning 6,344 votes to her 4,552.
Former Prime Minister, Stephenson King won his Castries North seat by a massive margin for the UWP while newcomers, Dominic Fedee, Bradley Felix and Herod Stanislaus won the Anse La Raye/Canaries, Choiseul/ Saltibus and Soufriere/Fond St. Jacques seats respectively.
Former Ministers Sarah Flood-Beaubrun (Castries – Central), Edmund Estaphane (Dennery – North), Guy Joseph (Castries – South East) and Ezechiel Joseph (Babonneau) also won their respective constituencies.
“Yesterday you voted for change and the United Workers Party is ready to bing about the change you want,” Prime Minister Allen Chastanet said on Tuesday during the swearing in.
He went on to call on all Saint Lucians to set aside political, ethnic and all other barriers moving forward.