With lit­tle choice, Ubal­dus Ray­mond Bows Out Of Govern­ment!

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By Rick Wayne

Ac­cord­ing to good au­thor­ity, Prime Min­is­ter Allen Chas­tanet has ac­cepted Dr. Ubal­dus Ray­mond’s res­ig­na­tion, both from the Saint Lu­cia Sen­ate and as the govern­ment min­is­ter in charge of the pub­lic ser­vice, ef­fec­tive next week. Dr. Ray­mond is cur­rently off is­land on of­fi­cial busi­ness and was un­avail­able for com­ment. Mean­while, recorded some­what salty con­ver­sa­tions be­tween him and an uniden­ti­fied fe­male have been mak­ing the rounds, on the in­ter­net and else­where. The se­na­tor was ear­lier at the heart of a sim­i­lar con­tro­versy last year, this time in­volv­ing two young women he claimed had sought to black­mail him. The mat­ter gen­er­ated a storm of pub­lic re­sent­ment, with

the prime min­is­ter com­ing un­der sus­tained pres­sure to fire Ray­mond, then at­tached to his of­fice as fi­nance min­is­ter. At the time the prime min­is­ter said he would make a de­ci­sion based on the po­lice charges against the teenaged black­mail­ers. But fi­nally the charges were con­tro­ver­sially with­drawn by the of­fice of pub­lic pros­e­cu­tions. Not long af­ter­ward the se­na­tor was given re­spon­si­bil­ity for the pub­lic ser­vice.

Be­fore en­list­ing in the United Work­ers Party shortly be­fore the 2016 gen­eral elec­tions, Mr. Ray­mond served as a min­is­ter in the 2011 Labour Party ad­min­is­tra­tion, headed by Kenny An­thony. He re­signed on the ba­sis that the prime min­is­ter made him feel “like a doc­tor em­ployed as a mo­tor me­chanic.” Be­fore fi­nally re­turn­ing to join the Allen Chas­tanet-led UWP cam­paign for of­fice, Ray­mond served in the govern­ment of Turks & Caicos.

He is mar­ried with chil­dren.

Dr Ubal­dus Ray­mond (pic­tured) is no longer a mem­ber of the Saint Lu­cia Sen­ate.

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