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  Election Timeline of Saint Lucia

A chronology of key historical events from 1501 to the present day.

1501 - St Lucia sighted by Christopher Columbus.
1635 - The French establish a colony on St Lucia.
1660 - The French sign a treaty with the indigenous Carib people.
1814 - France cedes St Lucia to Britain following the Treaty of Paris; Britain proclaims the island a crown colony and brings in African slaves to work on the sugar cane plantations.
1834 - Slavery abolished.
1871-1956 - St Lucia a member of the Leeward Islands Federation.
1924 - St Lucia granted representative government.
1936 - St Lucia given a constitution providing for a majority of elected representatives in the legislative council.
1951 - St Lucia granted universal adult suffrage.
1958-62 - St Lucia a member of the Federation of the West Indies.
1964 - St Lucia ceases sugar cane production.
1967 - St Lucia becomes fully self-governing in internal affairs, with Britain remaining in charge of external matters and defence.

bullet Independence

1979 - St Lucia becomes independent with John Compton, leader of the United Workers Party (UWP) as prime minister.
1979 - Allan Louisy becomes prime minister after his St Lucia Labour Party (SLP) wins the general election.
1981 - Louisy resigns following a split in the SLP and is replaced by the attorney-general, Winston Cenac.
1982 - John Compton returns to power after his UWP wins a decisive victory in the general election.
1987 - The UWP wins a narrow victory in the general election.
1992 - The UWP wins another general election.
1992 - Derek Walcott, a native of the capital, Castries, wins the Nobel Prize for literature.
1993 - Fall in the price of bananas leads to unrest and strikes by farmers and agricultural workers.
1996 - John Compton resigns and is succeeded by Vaughan Lewis as prime minister.

bullet Kenny Anthony becomes Prime Minister

1997 - Kenny Anthony becomes prime minister after his SLP-led coalition wins the country's biggest ever landslide in the general election.
2002 September - Tropical Storm Lili destroys about half of the banana crop. In some places entire plantations are wiped out.
2003 July - Parliament amends constitution to replace oath of allegiance to British monarch with pledge of loyalty to St Lucians.
2003 November - New criminal code passed, with controversial clauses on imprisonment for spreading "false news" and legalisation of abortion in some circumstances.
2004 July - Volcanic twin peaks - the Pitons - are declared a Unesco world heritage site.
2006The United Workers Party won an upset victory in elections held December 11, 2006, taking 11 seats against 6 won by the St. Lucia Labour Party. Sir John Compton once again returned to the position of Prime Minister.

2007 April - St Lucia says it will re-establish diplomatic ties with Taiwan, 10 years after it broke off relations in favour of China.
2007 September - Prime Minister Sir John Compton dies, is replaced by Stephenson King.


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