PM says ALBA will survive beyond Chavez


The Venezuela-led Bolivarian Alliance ALBA will survive beyond President Hugo Chavez, according to Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit.

Responding to queries about an ALBA post-Chavez, PM Skerrit said he was confident that the organization which groups eight Latin American and Caribbean countries including Dominica, had a crucial role to play in the hemisphere and he expected whichever government that succeeds the Chavez regime to also embrace ALBA.

The Venezuelan leader is reported to be suffering from cancer.

Prime Minister Skerrit says the organization is strong enough to continue if President Chavez succumbs to his illness.

“Of course it will continue, we have to be careful about giving people the impression that this is about Chavez , this is about the people of Latin America and the Caribbean,” the Dominican leader told reporters at a news conference.

“And any government who doesn’t see the importance of that to address the issues confronting the people of the Caribbean and Latin America, is not really interested in the people’” PM Skerrit said.

Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda and St Vincent and the Grenadines are members of ALBA, and another OECS country, St Lucia, has now applied to join the grouping.

ALBA is being touted by President Chavez and other members of the grouping as an alternative to the  US-led initiative – NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Below is a video of PM Skerrit at ALBA Conference:

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  1. langsal
    February 8, 2012

    skerro after chavez is gone i hope the new venezuelan president will be your friend and brother too….

  2. Mahaut.
    February 8, 2012

    I am not suprised by Skerrit’s comment. Typical HIM to dump someone as soon as that person can’t help him anymore.
    Next election will be our time to drop HIM.
    He was on record supporting Khadafi, now he is supporting Argentina thru Chavez over Britain?? whea whea whea!!
    “Dominica your future is in your hands.”

  3. DAGF
    February 8, 2012

    Mr PM
    Please ; please ! We are begging you to forget about the ALBA and its dictatorships !

    Turn yourself towards brother Obama and other democracies ; please ; please ! Mr PM

  4. Brook Benton
    February 7, 2012

    The venezulean leader is reported to be dying of cancer it ought to readThen! if this joker can make his comment that” ALBA will survive after Chavez.” We smell a big Rat Skerrit. You know and we also it’s just a matter of time befoe he kicks the bucket.
    Medard,you think an opposition lead Gov’t when Chavez parts this earth will have time for small fry you?Tickle me

  5. hmmmmmmmm
    February 7, 2012

    ok……so wat skerrit is saying that wen chavez dies of cancer, Alba will continue…. so i guess its no secret tht chavez is terminally ill!!!!

  6. Rule
    February 7, 2012

    In which Country have you seen a dictator come out with true transparency? Aaron recently said that we should not take the media reports serious about Chavez health, now the PM is giving all indications that the reports are credible. Way papa me daybar!

  7. Ya man
    February 7, 2012

    Give me the AM when things smooth.

  8. Lougaoo Mem
    February 7, 2012

    Does that mean that even though he dies, and there’s a conflict between Great Britain and Argentina, my belove island will assist ALBA in the defense of Argentina, as Chavez advocates? What a joke eh!

  9. 4 real
    February 7, 2012

    Please people cant you all get serious?lets be nationalist and work with the Pm to make Dominica a better place to live.If only you all knew how difficult it is in this world right now you all will not be writing these comments.We need hands on deck not boots on the ground.

    • Just sayin'
      February 7, 2012

      How does one “work with” someone who goes off an does whatever he wants, then we read about it from foreign news?

    • langsal
      February 8, 2012

      you cannot be so dumb

  10. Country
    February 7, 2012

    Wow PM you put a early grave. It’s like he dead already! If you fall sick I sure Dominica will not only survive it will heal all it’s wounds that it suffered under this Gov. I am Dominica are you?

  11. Tenderloin
    February 7, 2012

    AA! Not de other day Philbert Aaron come out and say is lie they lying about Chavez being sick nah?? Ehbeh mi bredexxx!! :-D

    • yout
      February 7, 2012

      that is just a taste of the misinformation and lies that has been spun by this current administration

  12. Malatete
    February 7, 2012

    For a moment I thought the headline read:” P.M. says Dominica will survive beyond Skerrit” but obviously my sub-conscience must have been playing up. My apologies!

    • i have faith
      February 7, 2012

      I have faith that Domonica will be there long after Skerrit gone and long after his son to

  13. lol...u so funny
    February 7, 2012

    Skerrit, ……so u come out then…there seems to be some truth to the fact that Chavez is dying. U have. a sinister way of admitting truths that u don’t want the Dominican public to take serious.
    What I get from u in this is an admission of the health state of ur adopted father. He on his dying bed.
    Why should we put ALBA before the CSME? Why are we hearin more talk of ALBA than CSME?
    Do the caribbean leaders like u want to scrap the CSME like the West India Federation?

    Thanks for admittin that ur daddy dying. Don’t prerssure our younger generation to aband on real caribbean integration thru CSME for ALBA

  14. Anonymous
    February 7, 2012

    is this the PM way of telling us that Chevez is dying?

    • Mouse Meil
      February 7, 2012

      That goes to show what an idiot we have as our leader.

  15. Lougaoo Mem
    February 7, 2012

    I’m not opposed to the organization. All I wished was that the leader of our country to be candid and honest about what he signed up for, in regards to the agreement. It seems like everything that he does is: a one man show in secrecy.
    Now, according to Skerrit’s response to queries ’bout an ALBA post-Hugo Chavez, he sounds like he knows more about the man’s health, more than what is being told. How-
    ever, I wish him a speedy recovery and the best of health. Lougaoo Mem will pray for Chavez, and hope for the best.

  16. Concerned citiizen
    February 7, 2012

    steups…. I thought he was denying his health prognosis. Now Skerrit contradicts Chavez denial…..(just an observation)!

    Politics: a word derived from the word ‘poly’ meaning ‘many’, and the word ‘ticks’ meaning ‘blood sucking parasites’.”

    • Lougaoo Mem
      February 7, 2012

      Hahaha! Very good observation and so true CC.

    • fearnomore
      February 7, 2012

      is so they can lie an foret what heysaying because t is so dam lie, don’ worry Skerrit yu know nobody will continue you and chavez ill treatment on people, God help us all.

      • Mouse Meil
        February 7, 2012

        Those who accidentally found themselves in power 20 yrs ago likewise those jokers who with some influencial opportunist infiltrated the authentic DLP and holding office they are unsuited for are today ignorant of the bicenteary of Charles Dickes.Power hungry they have failed renew their so frequently pay lip service in their commitment to improving the lot of the disadvantaged of our day and nation.
        An extremely preoccpied nation with the paganism of carnival unlike Dickens are not preoccupied with inequality and galloping poverty a new phrnomenon on the Commonwealth of Dominica. Currently as I write thousands are numbing their already impoverish brain cells with alcohol for carnival not even having completed drinking of their coloquial “cooling”cocqualier bush from the binging of Oct-Nov-Dec and new years..
        I have texts for the uncultured ones. Prime minister of EEngland was presented with a copy of charles Dickens’es Great expectation& hard times.

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