St Lucia profile - Leaders
Head of state: Queen Elizabeth II, represented by Governor-General Pearlette Louisy
Prime minister (outgoing): Kenny Anthony
Kenny Anthony, the leader of the St Lucia Labour Party, took office in December 2011 following a general election at which his party won a majority of the 17 seats in parliament.
He pledged to boost the economy, reduce crime and improve the prospects for young people, but his imposition of value-added tax proved unpopular. Despite signs of some economic recovery, he lost the 2016 election to the United Workers Party.
Prime minister-elect: Allen Chastanet
The conservative United Workers Party won the 2016 election under the leadership of businessman and former tourism minister leader Allen Chastanet. Mr Chastanet has pledged to scrap the Labour government's value-added tax measure as part of a programme to accelerate economic recovery.