Dominicans return Prime Minister Skerrit with landslide victory

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Dominicans gave a landslide victory to Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit’s Dominica Labour Party (DLP) in Friday’s general elections.

Prime Minister Skerrit after voting on Friday

Preliminary results show the DLP won 18 of the 21 seats at stake, with the other three going to the opposition United Workers Party (UWP) led by Mr Lennox Linton.

In his victory speech on Friday night, Prime Minister Skerrit announced that he will invite the UWP Leader for early talks aimed at uniting the country after a bruising elections campaign which included some public demonstrations.  He also disclosed plans to engage a prominent jurist to lead a commission on electoral reform which was a major issue during the election campaign.

The Prime Minister announced Sunday as a National Day of Peace, Prayer and Reconciliation for the nation.

Member of the CARICOM Election Observation Mission in Dominica

A CARICOM Election Observation Mission monitored Friday’s Election Day activities, including the opening of the polls through to tabulation and announcement of the results. The Mission will  issue a Preliminary Statement outlining its initial assessment of the electoral process.  This will be followed by a detailed Independent Final Report which will be submitted to the CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque.

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