More change for St Lucia – Floods in Soufriere and Floods of Tears after Elections: SLP is back!

Dr. Kenny Anthony yesterday at 12:38pm was sworn in as Prime Minister of Saint Lucia for the third time in his political career.

But the jubilation was a bitter/sweet moment for him for at the same time he was taking the oath of office and signing the register at Government House two of his candidates in the just concluded general election were still battling it out in their respective constituencies in a recount to determine if they indeed won their seats.

As we went to press yesterday afternoon the electoral department confirmed that preliminary results put the vote count at 10 seats (SLP) and seven seats (UWP).

Final count had taken place in 15 of the 17 constituencies before 3:00pm yesterday. Final counts for the Gros Islet and Babonneau constituencies were expected to be concluded late yesterday.

Political Leader of the Saint Lucia Labour Party Dr. Kenny Anthony yesterday was sworn in as Prime Minister of Saint Lucia for the 3rd time

Meanwhile an emotionally shaken Dr. Anthony yesterday thanked the people of Saint Lucia for the trust and confidence they placed in him and the Saint Lucia Labour Party by putting them back into the seat of governance.

Speaking immediately after taking the oath of office Prime Minister Anthony said that there are many challenges ahead for his government, challenges that no single political party can face alone.

In a plea to the people of Saint Lucia he ask for strength and wisdom to manage the task of running the country noting that “no matter the difficulties that lay ahead together we can face them and resolve them.”

According to Dr. Anthony his first order of business, even before putting his Cabinet together, was to make a personal assessment of the situation in Soufriere, something he said he would do after leaving Government House that afternoon.

St Lucian town of Soufriere besieged with massive Deluge, reminiscent of torrential rains late October last year

Four days of torrential rains devastated the town of Soufriere and Fond St. Jacques reminiscent of Hurricane Tomas.

Mudslides and landslides occurred in Soufriere as a result of the rains, as well as flooding in various areas with rivers overflowing their banks and entering homes, business places and even sweeping along vehicles dumping them in a pile, an indication of the devastation in that district.

Former Prime Minister Stephenson King yesterday morning congratulated the leadership of the Saint Lucia Labour Party and its members for their victory at the polls. He pledged that as the opposition his party will serve with honesty and integrity. {FULL STORY ATThe Voice}

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