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Opposition calls on women to demand sacking of government minister

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Oct 16, CMC – The leader of the main opposition St. Lucia Labour Party (SLP), Phillip J. Pierre is calling on women here to demand the resignation of Public Service Minister, Dr Ubaldus Raymond.

Earlier this month, Raymond said he had accepted apologies from two young ladies who were charged with blackmailing him and that he is happy the court matter is now over.

Phillip J. Pierre

“I encouraged them and told them that though they cannot erase their past however they need to focus on their future,” said Raymond.

Last year, the two 18-year-old ladies were arrested after nude photos of Raymond were leaked online. The charges have since been withdrawn.

When the allegations were first made, there had been calls for Prime Minister Allen Chastanet to dismiss Raymond or force him to resign.

Addressing the SLP annual conference in Laborie, southwest of here on Sunday, Pierre said that gender related bias is still a real part of life in St. Lucia

He said while he always avoids making comments on the private lives of politicians or parliamentarians, “but when their behaviour is injurious to the public good, I have a moral duty to comment”.

Pierre said that parliamentarians have the privileged position of creating laws and therefore have a duty to respect and uphold those laws.

“The flagrant disregard for the rules of confidentiality in a mediation process by a sitting Senator at the expense of a young woman is distasteful and undermines the confidence in our system of justice,” he said, adding that such behaviour deserves condemnation from all quarters.

“I call upon the women of St. Lucia to stand up and demand that Ubaldus Raymond is fired as a minister in the cabinet of St. Lucia.

“That is a fight, not for the labour party, that is a fight for all the women of Saint Lucia and the young women of Saint Lucia,” Pierre said.

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CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Oct 16, CMC – The leader of the main opposition St. Lucia Labour Party (SLP), Phillip J. Pierre is calling on women here to demand the resignation of Public Service Minister, Dr Ubaldus Raymond.

Earlier this month, Raymond said he had accepted apologies from two young ladies who were charged with blackmailing him and that he is happy the court matter is now over.

Phillip J. Pierre

“I encouraged them and told them that though they cannot erase their past however they need to focus on their future,” said Raymond.

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Last year, the two 18-year-old ladies were arrested after nude photos of Raymond were leaked online. The charges have since been withdrawn.

When the allegations were first made, there had been calls for Prime Minister Allen Chastanet to dismiss Raymond or force him to resign.

Addressing the SLP annual conference in Laborie, southwest of here on Sunday, Pierre said that gender related bias is still a real part of life in St. Lucia

He said while he always avoids making comments on the private lives of politicians or parliamentarians, “but when their behaviour is injurious to the public good, I have a moral duty to comment”.

Pierre said that parliamentarians have the privileged position of creating laws and therefore have a duty to respect and uphold those laws.

“The flagrant disregard for the rules of confidentiality in a mediation process by a sitting Senator at the expense of a young woman is distasteful and undermines the confidence in our system of justice,” he said, adding that such behaviour deserves condemnation from all quarters.

“I call upon the women of St. Lucia to stand up and demand that Ubaldus Raymond is fired as a minister in the cabinet of St. Lucia.

“That is a fight, not for the labour party, that is a fight for all the women of Saint Lucia and the young women of Saint Lucia,” Pierre said.