Latin America & Caribbean

St Lucia profile - Leaders

Head of state: Queen Elizabeth II, represented by Governor-General Pearlette Louisy

St Lucia's PM Kenny Anthony Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Kenny Anthony also held the post of prime minister between 1997 and 2006

Prime minister (outgoing): Kenny Anthony

Kenny Anthony, the leader of the St Lucia Labour Party, took office in December 2011 following a general election at which his party won a majority of the 17 seats in parliament.

He pledged to boost the economy, reduce crime and improve the prospects for young people, but his imposition of value-added tax proved unpopular. Despite signs of some economic recovery, he lost the 2016 election to the United Workers Party.

Prime minister-elect: Allen Chastanet

The conservative United Workers Party won the 2016 election under the leadership of businessman and former tourism minister leader Allen Chastanet. Mr Chastanet has pledged to scrap the Labour government's value-added tax measure as part of a programme to accelerate economic recovery.