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Contact:  Julita Peter


Thursday December 1, 2011 – Saint Lucia’s new Prime Minister, Hon. Dr. Kenny Anthony, says he will be instituting some changes that will enhance the relationship between members of both sides of the House of Parliament.


Dr. Anthony, who regained the prime minister-ship after Monday’s general elections, says he learnt some striking lessons while in opposition, and will be making moves to change the way opposition parliamentarians are treated.


He made the comments during an interview with the media at Government House on Wednesday, where he was being sworn in.  According to the Prime Minister, an opposition has a voice and a place in the island’s democracy and must be treated fairly.


“Very clearly, there were a number of things with which we had difficulty over the past few years.  But even though we had difficulties with those things, we have to understand that the country belongs to all of us; that we have to share the resources of the country fairly. I will make very effort to exercise changes in our approach and relationship with the opposition.”


Dr. Anthony indicated that he would be initiating a meeting with the Opposition leader Hon. Stephenson King, to apprise him of some of the adjustments regarding those changes.


I would wish to ensure that his personal welfare is looked after, because it is vital in our our democracy that we begin to learn how to treat each other fairly.


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