Dominican Prime Minister Blames Opposition Party For Violent Protest

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Prime Minister and Leader of the ruling Dominica Labour Party (DLP) Roosevelt Skerrit points finger at opposition party, hours after a massive riot erupted Monday night over the demand for electoral reform.

Police fired teargas to disperse protestors, who had gathered outside the residence of President Charles Savarin, demanding electoral reform, ahead of the December 6 general election.

In a live address to the nation on Tuesday morning, Prime Minister and Leader of the ruling Dominica Labour Party (DLP) Roosevelt Skerrit, described the protest as “part of an evolving narrative to suggest that law and order have broken down in Dominica and that elections set for December 6th, cannot be free and fair,” and blamed the opposition United Workers Party for the protests.

He also argued that electoral reform could not be the real reason for the protest, pointing out that the December 6th general elections are being held under the same laws that have governed the democratic process in the nature isle since the country attained its independence.

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