A former minister of foreign affairs who also served as president of the senate, Emmanuel Neville Cenac, has been appointed as St Lucia’s new Governor General.
On Thursday, prime minister Allen Chastanet announced that Queen Elizabeth II had approved the appointment, effective January 1.
Cenac, a former elected member of parliament for the constituency of Laborie, was intricately involved in the movement for Windward Island unity.
An elder statesman, who is highly respected in the legal fraternity, he retired from active political service in 2006 and has since written extensively on the constitution of St Lucia.
Today, Chastanet profusely thanked former governor general Dame Pearlette Louisy, who had previously announced that she was stepping down from office at the end of 2017.
“Dame Pearlette will always remain an icon in our country as the first woman to hold this office and the longest serving Governor General,” the prime minister said.
“She is also one of our country’s leading educators having served at varying levels in the noble profession of teaching. I know that Dame Pearlette will continue to make a contribution to the development of our country.”
Cenac will take the oath of office at an installation ceremony on January 12.