St Lucia opposition leadership under siege

“The leadership of the United Workers Party (UWP) is in crisis. Allen Chastanet has failed to seize a golden opportunity to rebrand the UWP, introduce new, young and vibrant followers and cause SLP [the St Lucia Labour Party] to rethink their strategy of bad economic management,” the statement read. 

“Just four months after having ‘convincingly’ and I use the word ‘“convincingly’ with much caution,” the author of the statement continued, “won the leadership of the UWP; Allen Chastanet commissioned a poll to determine, among other things, whether he is the preferred choice for political leader of the United Workers Party. The results of the poll suggest that Allen Chastanet is neither liked nor popular and will not take the UWP to an election victory now or in the near future. Allen Chastanet did what he does best, he hide the results of the poll from the executive and supporters of the UWP.”

“One would have thought that after a convention, the party base would have rallied behind the political leader, but the political leader’s obvious lack of political leadership and respect for key members of the executive have created additional fissures within the UWP, in a sense the once mighty and powerful United Workers Party is adrift and rudderless under Allen Chastanet,” the statement said.

This latest development follows a gala event hosted by the United Workers Party on Saturday, March 28, 2015, to celebrate its 50th anniversary, attended by newly elected prime minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr Timothy Harris. It was an occasion themed “All that Glitters IS Gold” designed to celebrate the party’s achievements, as well as to honour its stalwarts and those who have contributed to the growth and development of the party. 

However, according to the dissident group’s statement, “To say the Labour Party is unpopular would be an understatement. The people of Saint Lucia want to see the back of Kenny Anthony and the St Lucia Labour Party but they are unable to justify Allen Chastanet as a suitable alternative; the UWP leader is simply not taken seriously.”

“No poll can save Allen Chastanet regardless of the results. The UWP must, as a unified body call Allen Chastanet to the table and demand that he resign to allow the UWP a fighting chance as the main opposition party,” the statement added.

Members of the group “allenchastanet mustgo” and executive members of the UWP appear to have joined forces with yet another dissident group “Operation Remove Chastanet (ORC)” to achieve a common goal.

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