Opposition Leader Hector John

Opposition Leader Hector John

The United Workers Party (UWP) has made it clear that it will not recognize Charles Savarin as the elected head of state of Dominica and will boycott all functions officiated by him.

The UWP gathered at the Bay Front on Monday evening to make its voice known on the matter and opposition leader, Hector John, declared Savarin as ‘Skerrit’s president.’

“Who want Charlo as President,” he said. “He is only Skerrit’s president not the president of Dominica. It is important that we understand what we have at hand, it is important that we deal with it as responsible citizens.”

He pointed out that he will not attend any function which Savarin attends. “I will not attend any function where he is present,” John told supporters.

John stated that the election of Savarin was not within the bounds of the Constitution. “They disrespected the Constitution, I have to make that clear,” he stated. “Charles Savarin of 1979 …..  this is serious I want us to be sober about it and absorb what is happening to our country.”

Concerning the qualities of a president, John said, “The President of Dominica should be somebody bringing the country together, somebody respecting the Constitution, somebody of high integrity, some body of love, compassion and good character.”

Savarin was elected president of Dominica in parliament on Monday. The vote was unanimous in terms of government’s members present but was boycotted by opposition MPs who stayed away from the house.

Savarin is expected to be inaugurated on Wednesday.