At a massive but peaceful public meeting in Roseau last night, the United Workers Party (UWP) and its supporters continued their call for the resignation of Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, and for the appointment of an interim government of national unity. The Roseau public meeting was one of two held by the UWP on Thursday. The first was held at the Pottersville Savannah. These two meetings were held following Police Chief Daniel Carbon’s refusal to grant the party permission to hold a march from Pottersville to Roseau.
Opposition Leader, Lennox Linton, suggested an interim government set up in accordance with the provisions of the constitution, could manage the affairs of Dominica for all Dominicans, for a period of about six to twelve months, while appropriate arrangement re put in place to ensure free and fair general elections. Linton added, “We want that interim government of national unity to ensure that all necessary arrangements are concluded for electoral reforms in this country to include ID cards for voting, a clean and accurate list of voters, access to all media in Dominica, law enforcement action against bribery, treating and illegal overseas voting, and campaign finance reform”.
Linton made these calls in the face of what he describes as against corrupt practices by Dominica’s the Prime Minister. He said “We will no longer stand for it. We want Roosevelt Skerrit to go. We want his cabinet colleagues to leave their ministerial portfolios and to go along with him. We want that interim government of national unity to mount a commission of inquiry into the manner in which our Citizenship by Investment (CBI) program is being administered”.
He stated further, “We want that interim government of national unity to criminalize the sale of Dominica’s Diplomatic Passports, as well as the use of our diplomatic passports in facilitating criminal activity around the word”. Linton added that the government of Dominica cannot be in the hands of what he described as “rogues and criminals. Our government cannot be supervising the deepening and the widening of poverty in Dominica; our government must stand for what is good and best in us. Government must lead by example, in ensuring the greatest good for the greatest number. That is what we stand for, what we are committed to, and what we will do, when we get into government in Dominica”.
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