Caribbean News Service (CNS).
CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Apr 26 2016 – The main opposition United Workers Party (UWP) says it plans to make St. Lucia a republic if it wins the next general election and replace Britain’s Queen Elizabeth as the island’s head of state.
Addressing party supporters on Sunday, former deputy Commissioner of Police, Hermangild Francis, who has been named as the party’s shadow national security minister, said that the work done on constitutional reform by the late Justice Suzie D’ Auvergne and her team must not be neglected.
He said some of the recommendations on constitutional reform would be implemented as soon as a UWP administration gets into office.
“It is time. We have grown enough and can take care of our business so we need to become a republic,” Francis told UWP supporters, saying also that the party would accept the recommended term limits for prime ministers.
“We cannot afford to have a prime minister of the caliber of Kenny Anthony for 20 years. We must never allow that to happen again,” Francis said, adding that the UWP would also implement a fixed date for general elections.
Francis told supporters that the party would also seek to re-instate local government so as to allow constituencies to have a greater input in the development of their communities.