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Former St Lucia G-G dies

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CASTRIES, St Lucia – Former St Lucia Governor General Sir George Mallet died today after prolonged illness. He was 87.
In a brief statement, the St. Lucia government said that “Sir George was one of St. Lucia’s most political giants who played a pivotal role along with the late Sir John Compton in ushering our beloved country  into the modern economic era.“
It said that Sir George, who also served as deputy prime minister and a founding member of the ruling United Workers Party (UWP),” was certainly a key figure who can be accredited with St. Lucia’s emergence from the post colonial era to a modern independent state”.
The government said that a “comprehensive statement” to mark the occasion will be issued later.
Meanwhile, the main opposition St. Lucia Labour Party (SLP) described Sir George, who was born in Panama,  “as an early participant in the political arena as soon as universal suffrage came to our country, engaging first as a member of the People’s Progressive Party, and then of the United Workers Party.
“In our relationships with him from the opposite side, leaders and members of the Saint Lucia Labour Party in Parliament found him cooperative in facilitating the work of the House of Assembly, and unfailingly courteous in his approach,” said the SLP. (CMC)