By Caribbean News Global contributor
CASTRIES, St Lucia – Following the July 26, 2021, general elections that herald the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) to a 13 seat parliamentary majority, accompanied by two SLP orientated independent candidates, Stephenson King and Richard Frederick, Saint Lucians, have in large part welcomed a “Peoples Government” #PuttingYouFirst
The once upon a time invincible United Workers Party (UWP) was humiliated to clench two parliamentary seats – in most commonwealth jurisdictions is not classified as a party, much less, to be considered the opposition in the House of Assembly – steering at what is essentially a 15 – 2 majority in the parliament of Saint Lucia.
On July 28, Philip Joseph Pierre, took the oath of allegiance and the oath of office, as prime minister of Saint Lucia, in addition to the ministerial portfolios of finance, economic development and the youth economy.
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On July 30, attorney-at-law, Leslie Mondesir, was sworn in as the islands, attorney general;
On August 6, Pursuant to Section 22, Subsection 1(a) of the Constitution of Saint Lucia, His Excellency Sir Neville Cenac, Governor-General of Saint Lucia appointed Cyril Errol Melchades Charles to serve as deputy to the Governor-General for the period August 4 – August 31, 2021.
August 5, 2021, swearing-in ceremony for Cabinet of minister, held at the House of Assembly, assignment of Portfolios are as follows:
Dr Ernest Hilaire
Minister for Tourism, Investment, Creative Industries, Culture and Information.
Moses Jn. Baptiste
Minister for Health, Wellness and Elderly Affairs.
Shawn A. Edward
Minister for Education, Sustainable Development, Innovation, Science, Technology and Vocational Training.
Alva Romanus Baptiste
Minister for External Affairs, International Trade, Civil Aviation and Diaspora Affairs.
Senior Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Ports, Transport, Physical Development and Urban Renewal.
Minister for Commerce, Manufacturing, Business Development, Cooperatives and Consumer Affairs.
Joachim Andre Henry
Minister for Equity, Social Justice and People’s Empowerment.
Dr Virginia Albert-Poyotte
Minister for the Public Service, Home Affairs, Labour and Gender Affairs.
Kenson Joel Casimir
Minister for Youth Development and Sports.
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries, Food Security and Rural Development.
Wayne D. Girard
Minister in the Ministry of Finance, Economic Development and Youth Economy.
Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Housing and Local Government
Dr Pauline Antoine-Prospere – Parliamentary Secretary
Ministry of Education, Sustainable Development, Innovation, Science, Technology and Vocational Training.
Guibion Ferdinand – Parliamentary Secretary
Ministry of Tourism, Investment, Creative Industries, Culture and Information.