Tomorrow October 1, marks the sixteenth anniversary of the death of Dominica’s fifth Prime Minister Roosevelt Douglas.
Douglas was known as a black power activist, human rights agitator and international statesman. He was the Caribbean’s only Mathaba leader and sought to connect African States with the aspirations of Caribbean and African - American people, to unite to confront global political and economic challenges.
In 2000, he was elected as the fifth Prime Minister of Dominica holding the office for eight months, from 3 February 2000 until his sudden death later that year at the age of 58. Found dead in his house in Portsmouth after his return from state visits to Australia, Taiwan, Canada and Libya for the reconvening for the World Mathaba, many speculations surrounded the cause of his death however the cause is still unknown to this day.
Douglas was succeeded by Pierre Charles who followed his predecessor's footsteps to die in office in January 2004, paving the way for Roosevelt Skerrit to assume the position as Prime Minister of Dominica.
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