Monday, March 14, 2005
Former St Lucian Prime Minister Sir John Compton is back as leader of the opposition United Workers Party, at the age of 79. Sir John was declared the winner of a leadership contest against Dr Vaugn Lewis whom he had handpicked to succeed him in 1996.
Unofficial results of the contest showed Doctor Lewis polling 135 votes to Sir John's 261 at the UWP Convention west coast town of Soufriere.The contest has had its fair share of acrimony. St Lucians were deivided on the return of Compton, many believing him to be at 79, not up to par with modern politics.