Allan Louisy


Allan Louisy

2nd Prime Minister of St Lucia
In office
2 July 1979 – 4 May 1981
Preceded by John Compton
Succeeded by Winston Cenac
Personal details
Allan Fitzgerald Laurent Louisy

(1916-09-05)5 September 1916
Laborie, St Lucia
Died 2 March 2011(2011-03-02) (aged 94)
Laborie, St Lucia
Political party Saint Lucia Labour Party

Sir Allan Fitzgerald Laurent Louisy KCMG PC (5 September 1916 – 2 March 2011) was the second prime minister of independent St Lucia, following Sir John Compton in office. He was born in Laborie on 5 September 1916 and served as a judge[1] before being elected to parliament in 1974.

In the 1979 general elections, Louisy became Prime Minister following the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) victory.[2]

Before the elections, he had made a secret pact to hand over power to fellow representative George Odlum within the first six months in power, a deal he broke following pressure from US officials and other allies.[3] This resulted in a split in the Labour Party, provoking a crisis in 1981. He chose to step down.[4][5] He was succeeded as Prime Minister not by Odlum, but by his attorney-general, Winston Cenac.[1] Odlum went on to create his own party, the short-lived Saint Lucia Progressive Labour Party. The SLP lost the subsequent 1982 election to Compton's UWP.

Louisy retired from politics and withdraw to his home in Saphyr Estate, Laborie. He was knighted on 31 March 2005.[1]

He died on 2 March 2011 at home.[6]

See also


  1. ^ a b c "Another St. Lucian has been Knighted by the Queen". St Lucian Government. Archived from the original on 14 June 2011. Retrieved 2 July 2010.
  2. ^ "Timeline: St Lucia". BBC Online. BBC News. 2009-10-29. Retrieved 2 July 2010.
  3. ^ Chamberlain, Greg (October 30, 2003). "Obituary: George Odlum". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2 July 2010.
  4. ^ "Sir John Compton: a life in politics". BBC Online. Retrieved 2 July 2010.
  5. ^ Moberg, Mark (2008). Slipping away: banana politics and fair trade in the Eastern Caribbean. Berghahn Books. p. 112. ISBN 978-1-84545-145-5.
  6. ^ CMC (March 3, 2011). "Former St. Lucia prime minister dies". Antigua Observer.

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Preceded by
John Compton
Prime Minister of Saint Lucia
Succeeded by
Winston Cenac