Government of Saint Lucia

Government of Saint Lucia

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This page provides information about the services, events and programs provided by the Government of Saint Lucia.
For more information visit www.govt.lc

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Saint Lucia's government consists of the Executive, the Legislature and the Judiciary, based on the separation of powers principle.

A Prime Minister is appointed by the Governor General from among the members of the House of Assembly. This is the person who is likely to command the support of the majority of the members of the House. In practice, this person is usually the leader of the political party which controls the majority of the seats in the House of Assembly.

The size and composition of the Cabinet is the prerogative of the Prime Minister. He may choose to add, alter, or reshuffle the Cabinet in any manner he deems fit.

There are currently 13 Ministers of Cabinet, including the Prime Minister.
Read more at http://www.govt.lc/cabinet

Saint Lucia attained Associated Statehood on March 1 1967, which allowed it full control of its internal affairs, with Britain responsible for Defence and Foreign Affairs in consultation with the Government of Saint Lucia.

The Executive and Legislative Councils were abolished and replaced by a Cabinet and a House of Assembly. The post of administrator was abolished and replaced by a local Governor as the Queen’s representative in Saint Lucia.

The first Governor under the new status was Dr. (later Sir) Frederick J. Clarke and the Chief Minister Hon. John G. Compton became the first Premier of Saint Lucia. The Cabinet comprised the five Ministers, the Attorney General, and the Secretary to Cabinet. The House of Assembly comprised a Speaker, the ten elected members, three nominated members, and the Attorney General.

In 1969, the voting age was reduced to 18 years. In 1974 seven new constituencies were added to the existing ten, bringing the number of elected members up to seventeen.

On February 22, 1979, Saint Lucia obtained total independence from Britain. Saint Lucia’s parliament now comprised Her Majesty’s representative, the Governor General; a Senate; and a House of Assembly. The decision-making body of Government re

Founded The first Governor General was Sir Allan Lewis, and Hon. John G. Compton the first Prime Minister.
Products Citizens/Residents: For a listing of relevant services provided by the Government of Saint Lucia, visit http://www.govt.lc/services/for/citizens-residents

Non-Residents: For a listing of relevant services provided by the Government of Saint Lucia, visit http://www.govt.lc/services/for/non-residents-visitors

Businesses: For a listing of relevant services provided by the Government of Saint Lucia, visit http://www.govt.lc/services/for/businesses

Government Employees: For a listing of relevant services provided by the Government of Saint Lucia, visit http://www.govt.lc/services/for/government-employees
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