Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit says he intends to bow out of active politics following the next general election, constitutionally due by March next year, but widely expected to be held later this year.
Skerrit became Prime Minister after the death of Pierre Charles in January 2004. At the age of 31, he became the world’s youngest head of government, surpassing Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Skerrit, addressing Dominicans residing in this Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country, said that he aso intends to step down as political leader of the ruling Dominica Labour Party (DLP) following the general election.
“This evening, ladies and gentlemen we introduced to you some of the new faces in the line-up if the Dominica Labour Party. We recognise that the task ahead will be long and will be tough.
“We want to ensure that there is a much needed transition to new ideas and new talents and new energies. I have already made it very clear that this will be my last election as leader of the party. The transition is starting now and next time around it will continue with persons such as myself giving way to new talents, outlook and energy in the Dominica Labour Party,” he told the public rally here on Sunday night.
But he said “no one is leaving the Dominica Labour Party and the Dominica Labour Party is certainly not turning its back on anyone. There is plenty work to be done and there is a place for every labourite in the house of Labour”.
In his address, Skerrit told Dominicans that they should consider coming home given that the employment opportunities, particularly in the tourism sector, would become available.
He said that several hotels would be opening this year and several others are under construction, including franchises like Hilton.
“In the next week, the Labour Party government will sign a contract for a new 100 room hotel …on our present track, Dominica in the next 36 months will have the most modern tourism infrastructure in the Caribbean,” Skerrit said.
“What I am saying here to you Dominicans in Antigua and Barbuda I will need you to come home and help me run these hotels and resorts, you have gained tremendous experience over the years here in Antigua and Dominica needs you know to run and manage those hotels,” Skerrit added.
Skerrit has not yet dnamed a date for the general election, but the two main political parties, including the United Workers Party (UWP) have already announced their candidates for the polls.
In the last general election, the DLP won 15 of the 21 seats.
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Congratulations wish antigua prime minister do the same also bunch of waste …only looking out for his pockets
I don’t believe this. Caribbean politicians do not like to relinquish power. Unless time limits are placed on them they will never give up. They love power. Politicians have two goals….1. To get elected and 2. To get reelected. Saying that he will throw in the towel is a way of getting people to give him one last chance. Chalkdust rightly asked, “What are the qualifications of being a politician?” I dare say…smart, savvy and knows what to tell the masses.
Actually it tends to be the kiss of death, since West Indians tend not to bother voting for a politician who has made clear he will shortly leave (soon expire). However considering the alternative (Linton as PM), he seems set for this election
These politicians really know how to fool the people in their respective countries SMH
I am shocked myself. This is clearly a fake news. Caribbean politicians never resign.
I really think that the fact that PM Skerrit had to come to Antigua to campaign speaks for itself. His government unable to provide the economic impetus that is required in an effort to keep its citizens home. I read somewhere and I am yet to confirm that since the hurricane couple years ago almost 18,000 Dominicans took up residency in Antigua. It looks to me as if Antigua is a new constituency of Dominica……righty called by a friend of mine – Roseau North. Clearly, Skerrit and his government, challenged by the disasters of the past, have been unable to keep Dominicans at home.
Rich an oily like a Christmas goose!. Politics pays!.
Dominicans are not going back home. About 90% of them will spread throughout Antigua and Barbuda, Canada, England and America.
This comrade is a true democratic socialist in the tradition of social democracy and labour, a true leader of the ordinary people. He will make Dominica great again! He is a true comrade, and a wonderful friend of the People of the New Antigua and Barbuda.
That outing at the Multi purpose centre has put a damper on his opponents hopes. Wish Dominica all the best, especially since its been the island in our region most challenged by natural disasters.
Man you talking Bull shit….this so called failed PM you calling a “True leader of ordinary people “. This failed incompetent Skerrit is a waste of time and he must go. Please take your lies with you and k⁰⁹⁹
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