Opposition SLP wins St. Lucia's general election

The opposition St. Lucia Labour Party (SLP), led by Philip J. Pierre, has apparently won that country's general election, held today.

At 10:30 p.m., Eastern Caribbean time, the SLP was being projected to have won seven seats. The incumbent United Workers Party had secured two seats, while another two had gone to Independent candidates.

Preliminary results indicate that the SLP, which was trounced 11-6 by the UWP in the 2016 general election, could win as many as 12 of the 17 seats seats.

In a television interview, Mr Pierre said he was elated, and thanked his supporters in Castries East who ensured that he won the seat for the sixth consecutive term as a Member of Parliament.

The voters also created history by electing two independent candidates to the Parliament.
One of the two independents is former Prime Minister Stephenson King, who quit the governing United Workers Party (UWP) to contest the Castries North constituency, which he has been representing for nearly three decades.
The incumbent Prime Minister, Allen Chastenet, while leading his party to a crushing defeat, comfortably won his own Micoud South seat


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