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Note: On November 28, 2011, St. Lucia held its general election. The St. Lucia Labour Party, under the leadership of former prime minister Dr. Kenny Anthony, regained a majority, defeating the United Workers’ Party 11–6 in the parliamentary election. Anthony was selected as prime minister, marking the beginning of his third term in that post. The new cabinet and parliament were sworn in on December 6, 2011.
Political Status: Former British dependency; joined West Indies Associated States in 1967; independent member of the Commonwealth since February 22, 1979.
Area: 238 sq. mi. (616 sq. km.).
Population: 180,747 (2012E—UN).
Major Urban Center (2005E): CASTRIES (14,600).
Official Language: English.
Monetary Unit: East Caribbean Dollar (official rate October 3, 2011: 2.70 dollars = $1US).
Sovereign: Queen ELIZABETH II.
Governor General: Dame Pearlette LOUISY; sworn in ...