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Chastanet wins seat but losing government

Chastanet wins seat but losing government

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CASTRIES, St Lucia – Prime Minister Allen Chastanet comfortably won his Micoud South seat in Monday’s general election, but his ruling United Workers Party (UWP) is on track to relinquish the government after a five year term.

Chastanet polled  2 204 votes as against 1  334 for Gideon Ferdinand of the main opposition St. Lucia Labour Party (SLP) and  five votes for the newly formed National Green Party (GNP)’ candidate Melanie Fraites.

The SLP, which was trounced 11-6 in the 2016 general election, seems to be on track to produce a similar result with the party leading in most of the other constituencies with former prime minister Dr Kenny Anthony among the successful candidates declared to date.

Independent candidate, Richard Frederick defeated the incumbent Foreign Affairs Minister, Sarah Flood Beaubrun in the Castries Central seat.

In the Castries North constituency, another independent candidate, Stephenson King, a former prime minister, who earlier served in the outgoing administration, is on course to win the seat he has been representing in the Parliament for nearly three decades.

In the Babonneau constituency, Ezechiel Joseph, the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries, Natural Resources and Co-operatives lost to new comer Dr Virginia Albert Poyette by a margin of 3 200 to 3 180 votes. (CMC)