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Publication of letter sparks yet more controversy in St Lucia
Published on February 14, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

By Caribbean News Now contributor

CASTRIES, St Lucia -- A letter, purportedly written by Allen Chastanet, the current political leader of the opposition United Workers Party (UWP) in Saint Lucia, to Arsene James, the UWP member of parliament for the constituency of Micoud South, has stirred up even more controversy for the embattled party leader.

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Allen Chastanet
The unsigned letter dated June 5, 2013, was apparently written by Chastanet immediately prior to his successful campaign for the leadership of the UWP, defeating former party leader Stephenson King.

The letter refers to Chastanet’s earlier unsuccessful attempt to win a seat in parliament in the Soufriere constituency in 2011 and describes as the “White Elephant in the Room” the possibility of him contesting James’s Micoud South seat and/or James not running again at the next election.

However, Chastanet has denied all knowledge of the letter in question, which has been read out in its entirety on the radio by the president of the Senate, Claudius Francis.

Since assuming leadership of the UWP, Chastanet has been blamed for a major rift within the party, exacerbated in recent days by the ouster of King as leader of the parliamentary opposition.

Chastanet, along with UWP chairman Ezekiel Joseph, as former ministers, have recently been named as defendants in two civil actions filed by the Attorney General’s Chambers alleging misuse of funds provided by the government of Taiwan.

Furthermore, dissident UWP member of parliament Richard Frederick created a stir in parliament on Tuesday by outlining what is believed to be alleged corruption involving millions of dollars against another former UWP minister.

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