For the moment he is saying absolutely nothing about the matter.
But Dominica News Online can report that retired public servant Eliud T. Williams is next in line to occupy the President’s residence.
Williams is expected to be sworn in soon as Dominica’s next head of state.
He’ll succeed President Nicholas Liverpool, whose term expires next year October 2013.
Dr Liverpool is calling it quits well ahead of that date due to ill health.
DNO has been reliably informed that Williams has been offered the post, and that he has formally accepted.
Arrangements are now being made, we’ve been told, for the official swearing in ceremony to take place next month (August).
When contacted on the matter Williams said he had “no comments.”
Section 19 (1) of the Constitution states “whenever the office of the President is vacant or the term of office of the President is due to expire within not more than ninety days, the Prime Minister shall consult with the Leader of the Opposition as to their joint nomination of a suitable candidate for election as President.”
Opposition Leader, Hector John when contacted by DNO, seemed “surprised” and said he had no knowledge that a new president was soon to be elected, and that he has not been consulted by the Prime Minister on the matter.
Parliamentary approval forms part of the process of putting in place a new president.
Eliud T. Williams is a management consultant at WHITCO Inc and was Managing Director of the Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL) from 2004 to 2008.
He is a University of the West Indies’ graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting, and a master’s degree in Business Administration.
He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute of the United Kingdom.
Williams has pursued specialized training in Regulatory Strategy and Policy at the University of Florida and in Development Administration at the Manitoba Institute of Management.
He served in the public service as a Permanent Secretary from 1987 to 2004, and has also served as a director on several national and regional boards, including the Organization of Caribbean Utility Regulators (OOCUR).
Williams also served as chairman of the Independent Regulatory Commission (IRC).
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