President of the United Workers Party (UWP) and former Prime Minister Edison James said the boycotting of parliament by the UWP should come as no surprise to the electorate.
Following an 18-3 victory in favour of the incumbent Dominica Labour Party, the UWP decided to boycott the proceedings on grounds of bribery and irregularities. They formed their own parliament.
James told a press conference last week that over the years, parliament had not served in the best interest of the Opposition.
“There are those who say that it is better for us to be in the parliament and do our work in the parliament because that’s the only way we can recognize the people. This is not true. In fact the parliament over the years has become a wishy-washy useless organization as far as representation by the Opposition is concerned,” he said.
James recalled when a motion was brought forward by parliament for the improvement of the lives of Dominicans and it was rejected.
“We put a motion that the two sides should work towards the achievement of an international airport and that was unceremoniously rejected. We sought on behalf of the people to get answers to get answers with regards to the stealing of Dominicans’ money involving our passports and the parliament refused to accept our questions… When the bin bobol surfaced in parliament, we sought simple clarifications and Mr. Skerrit refused to answer us…it was only outside of the parliament it was addressed. When you raise issues in parliament, the members of Government intend to insult you,” he said.
“They have made the parliament useless… if you look at how things have gone on over the years, there is little that was achieved by the Opposition in the Parliament,” James added.
He accused government of using parliament to score political points.
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