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Last updated: 12 December, 2006 - Published 09:55 GMT
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Compton is back in power in St Lucia
Sir John Compton
Sir John Compton came out of retirement to lead his party.
Sir John Compton's United Workers Party has won Monday's general elections in St. Lucia.

The UWP defied opinion polls to claim 11 of the 17 seats in the House of Assembly.

The Labour Party of defeated Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony won the other six seats, failing in its bid for a third straight term

Compton, who is 81 and whose age was an issue in the campaign, has pledged to work hard and honestly to rebuild the country.

He said rising crime, one of the main campaign issues in the elections, would be one of his priorities.

"We are going to tell the criminals that there is no place for their activities."

Compton said he was always confident of victory, despite some pre-election polls that favoured Anthony.

"The real poll was the one held today which showed the will of the people," he said.

Independence leader

Anthony congratulated his opponent but said the new government would face the challenge of dealing with "wounds" created in the campaign.

"I know we have been a government of honour and integrity, and certain that in good time all of that would emerge."

Compton led St. Lucia for 29 years, first from 1964 to 1979, when it became independent and then from 1982 to 1996.

He came out of retirement last year to resume leadership of his party.

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