Opposition leader and former Prime Minister of St Lucia, Allen Chastanet believes the time has come for his country to exit the Commonwealth and become a republic.
According to him, having the Queen as head of state is more of a “ceremonial thing.”
“I certainly believe like a lot of other people the time has come to make that change,” Chastanet told reporters on Thursday on the matter.
He added, “The Commonwealth never goes away because the Commonwealth is history, so the Commonwealth now becomes a membership of persons who were part of the British Commonwealth and the question becomes who is at the leadership of the Commonwealth.”
Chastanet believes now is the time for change.
“If the Commonwealth now is going to de-robe itself of its historical ties to the monarch, maybe it’s time if we want that institution to still exist, it conforms to what we have seen at the UN or anywhere else where it’s on a democratic basis,” he remarked.