Dominica’s first prime minister, Patrick Roland John has passed away.
Dominica News Online (DNO) has confirmed that John died at the Dominica China Friendship Hospital this morning.
As premier of Dominica, John led the country to independence from the United Kingdom in 1978 thereby becoming the first prime minister of the newly-formed republic.
His government was ousted the following year when thousands of Dominicans took to the streets in protest against what they described as oppressive legislation which the John regime was attempting to enact in parliament.
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Below is the first part of an interview with Patrick John conducted by Alex Bruno.