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Ousted St Lucia opposition leader may have last laugh, says local publisher
Published on January 28, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

By Ken Richards

CASTRIES, St Lucia (WINN) -- Ousted Saint Lucian parliamentary opposition leader Stephenson King could well have the last laugh over the current leadership of the United Workers Party (UWP), according to local newspaper publisher Rick Wayne.

Stephenson King
The UWP is in the process of replacing King with MP Gale Rigobert, a former lecturer at the University of the West Indies. King lost the party leadership to businessman Allen Chastanet in July of last year.

However, former tourism minister Chastanet does not have a parliamentary seat, and has apparently not been happy that King retained the opposition leader’s post after losing out as political leader.

Wayne, speaking to Winn FM’s The Bigger Picture, argued that King’s successor would have a hard time outperforming the man she has replaced.

“King may well shine … because he, King, is a very underestimated politician … and King has the perfect opportunity there to demonstrate the mistake that Chastanet made in removing him as leader of the opposition,” Wayne said.

Rick Wayne
He added, “There is no way that the present leader of the opposition will compare with King as leader of the opposition.”

The Star newspaper publisher is predicting that the new opposition leader will have many challenges to overcome.

He said Rigobert, “who is quite inexperienced politically”, will have to deal with seasoned MPs including Prime Minister Kenny Anthony.

Wayne has described the removal of King as opposition leader as a case of some UWP politicians operating what amounts to a vendetta against the former prime minister.

Republished with permission of West Indies News Network
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Steve Williams:

T C. has shown she is a hard worker, so if the flambeau is serious about advancing St Lucia, they should put the infighting on the backburner and rally together to win the next election.


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