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Compton’s daughter resigns

CAROL MARTINDALE, [email protected]

Compton’s daughter resigns

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The daughter of the late former prime minister Sir John Compton in St Lucia has resigned from the ruling United Workers Party (UWP) that is gearing for a general election later this year.
Prime Minister Stephenson King told reporters that he could not comment on the report that Janine Compton-Antoine, the only female legislator in the 17-seat Parliament, had stepped down since he had not yet received any resignation letter.
However, Speaker of the House of Assembly, Rosemary-Husbands Mathurin today confirmed that she had received a copy of the letter that was addressed to the Prime Minister.
She said the letter indicated that Compton-Antoine had resigned from the party founded by her late father and would remain as an independent legislator.
“With her letter of resignation she will remain the parliamentary representative for Micoud North, so it does not change her parliamentary position but it does change her affiliation with the United Workers Party and so they no longer have eleven seats in the Chamber but are down to 10, with the MP now serving as an independent,” the House Speaker said.
There had been much speculation about Compton-Antoine’s relationship with the party after she failed to be part of the party’s launch of the Attorney General Rudolph Francis, the candidate for the Castries South constituency on Sunday.
Ever since she won the by election in the Micoud North constituency to replace her father who died in 2007, Compton-Antoine has often disagreed with some of the polices and decisions of the King administration and on occasions sided with the opposition St. Lucia Labour Party (SLP) in the Parliament.
General election is constitutionally due by March next year, but widely expected to he held later this year. (CMC)