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CAROL MARTINDALE, [email protected]

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St. Lucia’s second prime minister Sir Allan Fitzgerald Louisy has died at his sea-side home in Saphyr Estate, Laborie. He was 94.
Sir Allan, a former judge of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, passed away last night.
On July 2, 1979, four months after St. Lucia became an independent nation, Sir Allan led the St. Lucia Labour Party (SLP) to victory over the United Workers Party (UWP) and was sworn in as the country’s second prime minister.
His government, though short-lived, made significant strides for the newly independent St. Lucia – establishing the National Commercial Bank, the St. Lucia Development Bank and abolishing user fees at health facilities.
He resigned as prime minister in 1981 and retreated to private life, contributing his legal expertise and voluntary service to the people of Laborie.
Opposition leader and current head of the SLP Dr. Kenny Anthony, in a tribute to Sir Allan, described the former SLP leader as a nationalist and regionalist who excelled and inspired.
“It is with tremendous sorrow and sadness that the leadership and members of the St. Lucia Labour Party have learned of the death of the former prime minister who became known for selflessly leaving the comforts of regional judicial office to lead the St. Lucia Labour Party in the 1974 general election,” Anthony said.
“Sir Allan was a humble and honourable man who loved his community and country dearly. He was the consummate professional who excelled in his chosen profession of Law and shared his knowledge and experience freely.
“The Saint Lucia Labour Party joins with all Saint Lucians in celebrating Sir Allan Louisy’s rich and heroic life. We thank God for our good fortune to have been blessed with his leadership and guidance, and we pray that his family and friends may take comfort in the fact that he lived a full and exemplary life,” Anthony added. (CMC)