St. Lucia Plans New Vote for April 30

United Press International

St. Lucians will vote again April 30 for a new government.

Prime Minister John Compton's United Workers Party, which has ruled this West Indies island for 20 of the past 23 years, won a scant 9-8 majority in the House of Assembly in the April 6 national election. The opposition St. Lucia Labor Party won the other eight seats in the Parliament.

Compton said Tuesday he thinks that new elections are necessary because, with only a one-vote majority, the possibility of a no-confidence vote always would be present and would affect the confidence of foreign investors in the country.

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