In 2004 he had the distinction of becoming the world’s youngest leader.
Eight years ago at 32 Roosevelt Skerrit became Dominica’s new prime minister, after the death of former prime minister Pierre Charles.
For almost a decade now he has been the country’s leader and for many of his followers, can do no wrong.
His critics accuse him of alleged corruption, dictatorial practices, and being responsible for virtually all the ills of the country including violent crime.
But Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit appears to have an optimism that it’s difficult to defeat.
Today June 8 (2012) the man whose “dimples” is a rallying point for both critics and fans, celebrates the BIG FOUR O – he is forty.
It’s not clear how PM Skerrit is celebrating today – attempts to reach him failed.
However his Public Works Minister, Rayburn Blackmoore, told DNO that Roosevelt Skerrit was a “visionary and brilliant” leader who remains focused despite relentless attacks against him and the government that he leads.
Education Minister Peter St Jean also sees PM Skerrit as visionary, but adds that he is dynamic and a forward-thinking leader whom he hopes will be in charge for a long time.
Opposition Leader Hector John of the United Workers Party told DNO he wanted to wish the prime minister “all the best” on his birthday.
However John also called on Prime Minister Skerrit to reflect on his years as head of government and on his “style of leadership”.
The opposition leader said there was much that was wrong with a “Dominica at the crossroads”, and that PM Skerrit should reflect on what direction he wants to take Dominica to “right those wrongs”.
In terms of his personal life Roosevelt Skerrit remains to date a bachelor – but he is known to have a fiance, and it’s likely that wedding bells will be in the air sooner rather than later.
The Prime Minister also has a 12-year-old son – Malik, a secondary school student.
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