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CARICOM | Dominica PM thanks regional leaders following disturbances in his country

Prime Minister of Dominica Roosevelt Skerrit Prime Minister of Dominica Roosevelt Skerrit
GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Feb 16, CMC – Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit Thursday thanked his regional colleagues for their interest in the “the rebellious acts of the leadership of the Opposition” in his country earlier this month.

Addressing the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Inter-sessional summit here, Skerrit, the outgoing CARICOM Chairman said he wanted to express his ‘sincere thanks and appreciation to those leaders who called and otherwise enquired about the social events in Dominica”.

Skerrit has already labelled the vandalism and violence that followed a meeting of the main opposition United Workers Party (UWP) and the Dominica Freedom Party (DFP) as an attempt to unseat his duly elected government.

In a radio and television broadcast following the February 7 incidents that resulted in several fires and the looting of several businesses,, Skerrit said the intention of the protestors was to overrun his office and seize the seat of power.

“The police had information that the intent of the leadership was to stall the truck in front the Financial Centre and storm the barriers with the intent of entering the building.

“This was the intent of the leadership of the United Workers Party and the Dominica Freedom Party. This is how they intended to seize the seat of power in the country. They would have stormed the Financial Centre Building and seek to occupy the building until their demands were met,” Skerrit said in his broadcast.

But the opposition has denied any involvement and has called on Skerrit to provide evidence of his allegation and CARICOM had earlier issued a statement condemning the violence and vandalism.

Skerrit told the summit here that “the situation at home, I can assure you, is under control and I expect that a thorough investigation will be carried out into those disturbances, with a view to bringing the perpetrators of any and all unlawful behaviour, to justice.

“Again, Dominicans by and large, are appreciative of the interest shown and the solidarity expressed,” Skerrit added.

Last modified onFriday, 17 February 2017 06:36
  • Countries: Dominica