Chas­tanet Re­turns to Soufriere!

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Some might’ve imag­ined the re­cently elected prime min­is­ter of Saint Lu­cia had no good rea­son to be par­tic­u­larly gen­er­ous to the peo­ple of Soufriere. His first ven­ture as an elec­tion can­di­date back in 2011 had started there with much en­thu­si­asm and ended dis­as­trously un­der a bro­ken bridge. But Allen Chas­tanet has al­ways main­tained his in­ter­est in the town’s de­vel­op­ment, de­spite sev­eral re­buffs by the man who had turned his dream into a night­mare: Harold Dal­san.

On Thurs­day Chas­tanet re­turned to Sul­phur City, this time as leader of the na­tion’s gov­ern­ment. Ac­com­pa­ny­ing him on the spe­cial oc­ca­sion was the Tai­wanese am­bas­sador Ray Mou, Soufriere MP Herod Stanis­laus, Sen­a­tor For­tuna Belrose, and other min­istry of­fi­cials. They visited Tai­wan-funded projects un­der con­struc­tion and con­vened sev­eral im­promptu talk-ins with res­i­dents, among them the pro­pri­etor of one of Soufriere’s more pop­u­lar restau­rants, The Hum­ming­bird.

The prime min­is­ter later ac­knowl­edged that as in­ter­est­ing as were his ex­changes with res­i­dents, what gave him the most plea­sure was in­ter­act­ing with the town’s young peo­ple. The very next day Chas­tanet an­nounced a new multi-mil­lion-dol­lar project ex­pected to get un­der­way in Soufriere in a few months.

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