Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has confirmed that Eluid Williams is the government’s choice for president.
Dominica News Online reported on July 16 that Williams was next in line to occupy the President’s residence but both Williams and the Prime Minister remained tight-lipped on the matter.
Skerrit confirmed the nomination on Friday afternoon.
“Government’s proposed nominee for post of president who will serve the balance of the term of his excellency the president incumbent hold on the post which will end in September 2013 will be Mr. Eluid Williams,” the Prime Minister said on state-owned DBS radio.
Dominica’s President, Dr. Nicholas Liverpool, has indicated that he is calling it quits well ahead of that date due to ill health.
On Friday a special sitting of parliament was convened to inform parliamentarians the president’s office was to become vacant.
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).
Following Friday’s sitting of parliament, Opposition Leader Hector John told DNO that he had demanded that Prime Minister Skerrit make available a letter of intent from the president showing that he is actually vacating office.
John indicated, following consultation with the Prime Minister on the matter recently, that the United Workers Party had received the consent of one person as their nominee for president. However, he told DNO after Friday’s meeting, that he is not completely ruling out the possibility of supporting the Government’s nominee.
The deadline for the submission of nominations is September 7.
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