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Ties with St. Lucia stable, Ministry of Foreign Affairs says

By Jewel Huang  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday that diplomatic relations with St. Lucia were stable and had not been affected by the East Caribbean nation's political situation.

An article in yesterday's Chinese-language China Times said that St. Lucian Acting Prime Minister Stephenson King had announced on Tuesday that an election might be necessary because Prime Minister John Compton had been hospitalized after suffering a series of mini-strokes and was unable to carry out his duties.

King assumed the post of acting prime minister in May after the 82-year-old Compton was hospitalized in April.

The China Times report said that the St. Lucian opposition was pressuring the government to hold an election.

An election could lead to a worst-case scenario in which St. Lucia rebuilt diplomatic ties with Beijing, the story added.

Asked to comment, ministry spokesman David Wang (王建業) said that St. Lucia had not decided whether it would hold an election.

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