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Dominica PM Skerrit wins 3rd consecutive term

Featured Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit winning his third consecutive term in office in a battle against the main opposition United Workers Party (UWP). Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit winning his third consecutive term in office in a battle against the main opposition United Workers Party (UWP).
The ruling Dominica Labour Party (DLP) on Monday secured its fourth consecutive term in office with Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit winning his third consecutive term in office in a battle against the main opposition United Workers Party (UWP).

Preliminary results gave the DLP 15 of the 21 seats at stake with the other six going to the United Workers Party (UWP) led by Lennox Linton.  In the last election in 2009, the DLP won 18 seats and the UWP three.

Skerrit, won his Vielle Case constituency and UWP leader, Lennox Linton won the Marigot constituency which he took over from former prime minister Edison James.

In a radio and television address shortly after the preliminary results were announced  Skerrit, whose party now has 15 seats, down from 18, appealed for unity in building the country.

 

“I accept the will and verdict of the people,” he said.

The DLP leader congratulated Linton  - a first timer, on entering the new Parliament, saying the outcome of the polls showed that the island had become “mature democracy”.

But in response, Linton  said the election had been won by intimidation and bribery and accused the ruling party of orchestrating such a strategy to ensure it remained in power.

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