Dominica Prime Minister hints at early election

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Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit
Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit

ROSEAU, Dominica – Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has put supporters of the ruling Dominica Labour Party (DLP) on notice that if he may be contemplating calling a general election ahead of the 2015 constitutional deadline.

Skerrit, speaking at a ceremony on Tuesday night, said if he is pushed by the opposition, then he would oblige and given them what they want, an early general election.

“They called for election in 2009 and when I gave it to them they were totally naked. So let them call for election, I hope when I call it they will be ready.

“All I will say to you tonight is that Roosevelt Skerrit, the leader of the Labour Party, is ready at any time the Prime Minister calls election,” he said.

The main opposition United Workers party (UWP) is expected to elect talk-show host Lennox Linton as its leader when the party meets later this year for its annual convention.

Former Prime Minister Edison James has already indicated that he will not be contesting the Marigot seat, which he has represented in Parliament for many years and  has thrown his support behind Linton, who is expected to contest the seat.

In the 201 general election, the DLP won 12 of the 15 seats. The UWP later unsuccessfully contested in the courts the electoral victories of Prime Minister Skerrit and his Education Minister Petter Saint Jean on the grounds that they held French passports at the time of their nominations. (CMC)

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