PM suggests Consitutional amendments on dual citizenship

PM Skerrit
PM Skerrit

Dominica’s prime minister has hinted that the Constitution may have to be amended to allow Dominicans with dual citizenship, especially from North America, to hold public office.

“I believe at 35 years we must critically examine our Constitution and see where we need to make certain amendments to foster a better way of life for our people in Dominica,” Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, told the official start of this year’s independence celebrations.

He said “to tell me that a country of just about 71,000 people, with so many of our bright people living in North America, to say that because they are an American citizen, still maintaining their Dominican citizenship, that they should not be allowed to contest general elections or be part of public administration in Dominica is unfortunate”.

According to Skerrit, government should “remove the ambiguity in our constitution in respect to persons with dual citizenship particularly from North America.”

“This is a large and vast reservoir of talents that we have and people who are prepared to come forward and make a contribution, we should not expect them to leave everything they have worked hard for in the US to achieve, just to come back and make a contribution,” he said.

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170 Comments

  1. Zoe
    October 3, 2013

    Ok my thoughts on this… before one can become a U.S Citizen, they must revoke any former citizenship. So that would mean they made the decision to no longer be a citizen of Dominica. Secondly, why would you have someone in a position of power with dual loyalties? If conflict arise, how can we be sure what their true agenda is or where the loyalties lie?

    • October 3, 2013

      Zoe.

      Hello and good afternoon. Well you made two valid points which I agree with, but. Now most of us left for economic reasons but if we return and after two years then we should be able to run for elected office except Prime Minister or President of Dominica. If we are naturalized citizens of any other country that cannot take Dominica out of us rather its just a way of helping ourselves so that shouldn’t be held against us.
      Also personally for me I would rather help my country through business adventures rather than being involved in politics.

  2. Jumbies
    October 2, 2013

    Bend the constitution today, break it tomorrow.

  3. October 2, 2013

    Hello and good evening. Well I feel that the position of Prime Minister and President should be reserved for a Dominican who don’t hold dual citizenship but other positions should be open to all Dominicans.
    Now I think many of us can make a big contribution to our country if the Government would make it easier to open a business by removing sole proprietary contracts on major goods coming into the country.

  4. law and order
    October 2, 2013

    Have any Dominicans asked themselves why Dominicans are all over the world, rather than in their homeland contributing to their homeland, people of Dominica you don’t remember slavery, but just do some history lessons. You know every dictator says nice things to get the people, ,feed the poor, then before you know it, you have the constitution changed to serve the leader and not the people .Remember Hitler of Germany, and Haiti.

  5. clayton Felix
    October 2, 2013

    The subject above is very interesting.
    As most of us know, Dominicans living abroad simply did so for economic purposes and that is the primary reason, most of us would be in D.A, if we had a choice. Now , I don’t think that there is a people more patriotic than Dominicans, we all love Dominica, that is why we return, for Carnival, for Independence, for WCMF, for Reunions, many of us wherever we have settled we have excelled because our upbringing and the economical hardship experienced in Dominica taught us to work hard and reach for the moon or stars.so denying a Dominican who hold dual citizenship an opportunity to come back home to serve their country in a meaningful manner should not be an argument, what is wrong with that?, Dominicans are serving the world, why cant we serve our country of Birth , dual citizenship or not. I think Dominicans should be allowed to contribute meaningfully to develop the country.
    Lets stop that silly talk as American citizenship does not take away Dominica from a born Dominican.
    Love all of you weee.

  6. Rastar-Marn
    October 2, 2013

    Well Skerrit den you have a great point:

    “bright people living in North America, to say that because they are an American citizen, still maintaining their Dominican citizenship, that they should not be allowed to contest general elections or be part of public administration in Dominica is unfortunate”

    So what about dem people who obtain their Economic Citizenship you gonna leave dem out to den, their Documentation for citizenship as Dominicans gonna make dem qualify as candidates too wi,,,

    Garçon you fool-ish!!!

    Ok soh would you please advise those individuals from Spain, Australia of somewhere behind-god-back how run an Election/political campaign,,,

    Somebody cannot give mista a brain scan to check for some loose ends,,

    Aillasss dats d best Dominica can do for a political leader???

    Skerrit enough is enough Man C’mon nuh somebody tell mista dis for Me nuh if no body tell mista and d rest of his Cabal yet:

    “Better to Remain Silent and Be Thought a Fool than to Speak and Remove All Doubt”

    • really n truely
      October 3, 2013

      lol, you are entitled to your opinion. BUt this should be open for discuss. Every year parents mortgage their homes etc to sent their children abroad to study. Those Dominican born children excel and get major opportunities to work and develop in those countries.

      You are saying that they should not be allowed to give back to develop Dominica?

      So what is the point of send all our money to pay tuition fees abroad?

      Dominica has undoubtly suffered brain drain. It is very evident in our society.

      legislation could be designed to allow only Dominican Born dual citizenship holders, but then again why can’t a naturalized Dominican, from Asia, Europe etc not serve when we Dominicans can and do service on City and State Govts in the USA and other countries.?

      The problem here is out narrow minds.

      We did to be able to recognize talent and capital on it for a better Dominica..

      But stupid so many would vote for someone simply because they are popular although they may have no concept of leadership or management or experience dealing with of complexity.

  7. Rastar-Marn
    October 2, 2013

    Well I guess The United States should change its constitution also to allow non-citizens to be appointed/elected as presidents too den,,,

    Boi where allyou get mista from nuh??? Send mista back where allyou got him from nuh,,,

    So this is why he put that member of the Cabal at the helm to cosign what ever Constitutional reform he want to make,,,

    Linton Garçon you better step up now and take mista dem to the Hague yeh before tings get too out of hand,,,

    • really n truely
      October 3, 2013

      Only a Born American can be president, but any citizen can hold other offices in Govt.

      Before you take a side, engage in the discussion.

      That negativity is in part responsible for Dominica’s slow growth

  8. 101st
    October 2, 2013

    All governments before you came and worked with the constitution and respected.No you that more visionary and bright you want to change the constitution..the writers of the constitution new what they were doing boss, and doh try suggesting the didnt know what they were doing!That arrogant behavior of yours only confirm to me that we are on our way to a dictatorial state in Dominica..see that new prez you install there…Dominicans look out!

  9. Runawayslave
    October 2, 2013

    OH LORD!!the drum beat have begun;this is just a test run,tony astaphan in the background singing the song,change every thing around to suit them.there is more to come,HOLD TIGHT.

  10. MERCY
    October 2, 2013

    Its not a bad move but i would do so when Tomson fontaine and orthers give his up theres

  11. Ha ha
    October 2, 2013

    no law no constitution!!!!!

  12. forkit
    October 2, 2013

    what is the rational to rush charlo to the presidency despite? and the need to change our constitution…

    i guess some people the duo will live forever… god is good

  13. forkit
    October 2, 2013

    it just start, moving to montserrat

  14. October 2, 2013

    I agree with you Mr.PM ,I lives in North America and I contribute more the some folks back home ,I have properties,I have bank acounts I visits home each year plus I send money for relative back home .and when ever I visit home I spend hundreds of dollars .

    • Alas!
      October 2, 2013

      But you can’t write or speak English :roll:

  15. Rule
    October 2, 2013

    Really Skerrit! you are now secretly trying to protect your own dual citizenship status by amending the constitution.

    • MsDA
      October 2, 2013

      I had to laugh at this article, your point couldn’t be more true.

  16. UK Concerned
    October 2, 2013

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH. AM I suprised? wow…………….. hold up. am i reading this correctly? DNO you sure you havent make a mistake? The power in people are stronger than the people in power. Dominicans wake up. We might just have a parliament of chiness. Ignore the North America SIDELINE.

  17. SiangUK
    October 2, 2013

    As for NegBawi and UWP all he and they known is how to Boycott.

    Get out of your hole and start to ENGAGE.

  18. SiangUK
    October 2, 2013

    Yes. Dual citizenship as far as Dominica is concerned should be amended.

    But what is so special about Dominicans with US citizenships?

  19. Discombobulated
    October 2, 2013

    I think he is right on the issue. It’s complex and doesn’t seem right but I think it is. Most educated people from dca, and I mean to the highest levels of study, are probably living overseas because we have one university in Dominica. And let us face it, how many of us attend it? And even if we did, it is not versatile as it only specialises in one core subject. Maybe it can be amended to give up other citizenships before you take office or something. I don’t know but I think we need the best people in the top positions in Dominica. Out most educated people are not residing on the island. There is only a select few

  20. Justice and Truth
    October 2, 2013

    I endorse what the PM stated. Migration throughout the years has caused a brain-drain in Dominica.
    There are some nationals who would like to return (some do)) to assist in building up Dominica and would also like to enter the political arena.
    In fact, generally, they would like to retire in their land of birth. Retiring does not mean that once they return, as long as they are still healthy, they must remain idle. We know idleness is a killer.
    If and when they return and decide to work in Dominica, their overseas experience and expertise in certain fields will be an asset to Dominica.
    Those who reside abroad have contributed to the revenue of that country and helped to build it up. Surely, they should not be expected to lose it all as the pension they are entitled to.
    Once they renounce their citizenship from another country, they are no longer entitled to the pension and other amenities that they formerly enjoyed. One of it is health care, an important factor for the aged.
    Yes! This has been a source of controversy. If they so wish to enter politics possessing citizenship from a democratic country as North America should not be a political deterrent.
    I do hope once it is introduced in Parliament, with no argument or hesitation all, Parties will endorse it.

  21. BRAIN DAMAGE
    October 2, 2013

    It’s the beginning of sorrows and
    the joys for Skerro.
    Lord the weapons of our warfare are not canal.

  22. kunoo mounoo
    October 2, 2013

    Hitler was born and raised in Austria and germany still suffers the stigma of his time in office,Mr skerrit we did not vote you into power for you to do what you want with the constitution,do what your country wants not what you want,,,,

  23. Mane
    October 1, 2013

    Why not? I am ready to come home to run for office. It is our right inspite of the length of time i Migrated to the US.Twenty five years ago i migrated to New Jersey,and i have contributed more to this Island than those of you never left Dominica. All you all have been doing is recieving, and giving nothing, so shut the hell up.I am Dominican like you, and just as the American law allow borned citizen to be president, and adsentee ballots. Dominica can do the same for those of us who are of the Dominican diaspora.I will run and work for free.

  24. #Behonest
    October 1, 2013

    WHO is this Juan Pablo person that keep writing ignorant comments on DNO?

  25. puppet
    October 1, 2013

    Skerritt is running on E.

  26. puppet
    October 1, 2013

    DNO, who’s pulling your string nuh? You are a puppet man!!

  27. Zafa Laza
    October 1, 2013

    But why is he saying “North America” and not South America? This man is twisted. Now he’s looking to the west for help? coco mi guwage…

  28. Fed up
    October 1, 2013

    Skerrit depresses me day by day. With tears in my eyes I know one day u dat skerrit will pay.

  29. Baffled
    October 1, 2013

    We have a talented pool right here in Dominica that is not being utilized. so quite frankly I don’t know what that is about. I am in the process of being asked to be released from my bond due to the fact that I am unable to get a job after attaining a Master’s degree and then they come with that crap…Yes I, this country will never cease to amaze me.

  30. DonK
    October 1, 2013

    Hitler was born in Austria…

  31. Mee3
    October 1, 2013

    Is that guilt speaking? Why would he want to have that change if nothing was wrong with what the PM at the minister from Laplain did.

  32. A
    October 1, 2013

    OK so our leaders can be citizens of two countries. If the two countries are at war they can switch to any side. If something happens they can run and there’s nothing those left behind can do. Utter rubbish and madness. How can people agree with this? Are we really that dumb? I see why He wanted Savarin there…. Changes have begun. Look madness.

  33. Moire
    October 1, 2013

    But Ron Green had US citizenship when UWP were in power. He only gave it up so he could go after Skerritt. There are many more who held public office and had dual citizenship.

  34. ZULU
    October 1, 2013

    The constitutional amendment he should work :mrgreen: on is changing the term of a prime minister to two consecutive terms after which time he or she should vacate the office.

  35. forreal
    October 1, 2013

    why not,if they can come home to vote and return to contribute to the developments of other countries,why can’t they work here get good job positions,because of their qualifications,and help in the development of dominica,i support that,because when leave and go back,from whence they come from,is who in the kitchen,that feels the heat.

    • forreal
      October 1, 2013

      i meant,when they leave,a litle error

  36. Anonymous
    October 1, 2013

    The UWP thought that they were being clever by boycotting everything. What ever has happened is also their fault. They had enough time to put forward their own presidential nominee. However, in their usual arrogant manner, they thought that they could plunge the country into a constitutional crisis and lawlessness. It has backfired on them. They had Brian Allene in the shaddows who has waited for this opportunity, all his life. On the radio, he was quick to say that he was not a supporter of any political party at this time. Does he think that he could fool us? I wonder why Mamo neVer wanted him to be her successor.

    Also, I must say that Skerrit has Done a lot for Dominica in quite a short time. Dominica looks like a new Country. However, after I think of how Charles Savarin went up and down the length and breath of Dominica……..together with the DOMINICA FREEDOM PARTY……..preaching hate and fighting against independence, and also all the troubles of 1979 which led to the overthrow of the labour Party government………I say no to him getting the highest honour of the land.

    When I remember how the houses and cars of Mr Latigue were burnt until he had to resign as the President of Dominica, so that people like Savarin could come to power…….I say no. I also renember how Mr Fred Degasson had to be smuggled out of the country….during the night because they feared for their lives. His only crime was, being the President. He was in their way. Brian Allene did not speak out against that then. He was too busy waiting to be a minister in the government of NATIONAL SALVATION……SUDDENLY, LIKE A WOLF in sheep clothing he is pretending that he cares so much about the constitution.

    There is nothing unconstitutional about CHARLO being the President. However, based on the his political past…….and out of respect for the people of Dominica, Mr Prime Minister, you should have looked to nominate someone else who does not have all that bargage, instead of him.

    • A
      October 1, 2013

      Are you for real?

    • A
      October 1, 2013

      You really think the Opposition is to blame?

    • Justice and Truth
      October 2, 2013

      Ask yourself, has Independence benefited Dominica? How has Dominica progressed since Independence? I am referring to approximately eight years ago. Savarin did right to oppose it for were it not in the past few years Dominica was still a lame duck of poverty with no progress. Keep that it mind.

    • Ok
      October 2, 2013

      I thought you were clever but you just proved me wrong

    • Simple
      October 2, 2013

      Anonymous, you seem very happy as it is; for you it is okay. Obviously you don’t care about the country. It is not your fault, that sentiment is in your DNA. You are born to be just a slave.

  37. Muslim_Always
    October 1, 2013

    I agree with Mr. Skerrit on the issue. Once you are a Dominican, born and raised in Dominica with a Dominican passport and one may be a citizen of another country I don’t see what is the issue.

    A Prime Minister after losing elections he should not have to stay in Dominica and see misery.

    • October 1, 2013

      But did Skerrit told you that the USA dont have duel citizenship they are not part of the commonwealth nations . Sherrit is hell bent on drowning the D’ican people before he is voted out of office.

    • Kaka Bouwik
      October 1, 2013

      If he/she sees misery after loosing an election then he/she certainly didn’t work to improve the lives of the people whom he/she may have been elected to serve.So you’re telling me then can come screw up our lives and return to their nice cosy houses in the great USA? No Mr Prime Minister.I will never support that.

      • really n truely
        October 3, 2013

        or they could make your life better than you ever imagine. That pessimistic view is exactly what limits dominica. negative thinking all the time.

    • Mee3
      October 1, 2013

      That”s a law which is just about everywhere in the world and it do not need to be changed. Why is that Wyclef Jean could not run for the Hatian presidency. So now we have to change laws to suit people in power. Are you all people really listening to yourselves.

    • Nac Vibes
      October 1, 2013

      Conflict of interest.

      So if Dominica is in conflict with your other nation, how do you choose. Do you say to hell with the other nation whose sustenance and protection you enjoyed or do you say to hell with Dominica.

      In positions of State you may be in possession of critical state secretes so having allegence to another power is a dangerous thing. It worries me that the leader of the country is proposing this. Clearly he wants his French passport back, if infact he gave it up.

    • Nameless
      October 2, 2013

      Yes but that also means he can come… Full his pocket… Do his nonsense and run down the country… and leave us in the misery while he lives his sweet life in another.

    • Simple
      October 2, 2013

      Nonsense you talking. Once you are in a position of power or influence you needed to be fully Dominican. Obama was born in Hawaii, and ofcourse he is American, yet they tried to make his citizenship an issue. This is not a joke where people can just play with our sovereignty. smh.
      If they have resources, then they can help, but they cannot have our positions of power, nonsense man.

  38. October 1, 2013

    Yes Sir and while we are amending bending and twisting the whats remaining of the constitution, lets add this one…” the ministers should show the citizens what they are going in with, and show them what they are coming out with”.If someone became an American citizen or of any other country by choice, pay their taxes, give their time and contribution to that country which they are a citizen of, raise their hands and pledge to take up arms against Dominica for that country if necessary, Mr.SKERRIT that person should not have the right to hold an office in Dominica.And remember the American naturalization certificate states that you/me are a (former) citizen of The commonwealth of Dominica.

  39. Neg Mawon
    October 1, 2013

    Yes Skerro…u never cease to amaze me…give me Laba everyday! More to come!

  40. Listening!!!
    October 1, 2013

    We get the GOVT we deserve…..The writing is on the wall ” Dictatorial State”

  41. babalene
    October 1, 2013

    Hey! hey! mouth open tori jump out – more to come think Elue Williams would stand for that – but with Charlo fete a compli!!

  42. escape the execution
    October 1, 2013

    Iy;s just the beginning; just a tip of the ice-berg. That’s why he planted the Ayatolla as president. No repect for the voices of the people. Soon you will hear Hartly Henry is going to run for Portsmouth and his buddy in the US is going yo run for Laplaine. Mark my words any time you feel free.
    Boycott is a real word, not an abbrefiation.

  43. law and order
    October 1, 2013

    No,no and No again this is not to be allowed,and if the PM is tired of being PM of Dominica and want to go to France,he knows what to do,step down and go to France.We will wish him well and a bon voyage.
    Don’t pretend it is about bright talent, if those bright talent were so bright they would know that American citizenship doe not recognize other citizenship, according to the American laws, all American have renounced all other allegiances, and allegiance is only to America. NO, no, no.
    Somy North Korean born son would like to be PM of Dominica, and retain his North Korean citzenship, and North Korea want to claim Dominica for it own, has the Pm lost his mind.
    What about looking at the polling list. Young people,this is your future,and sadly start thinking critically about what is happening on the island the disrespect shown to the Dominican people.

    • Jay
      October 1, 2013

      I do believe there is one exception in that people are allowed dual citizenship of Israel and the U.S.A. Maybe someone can correct or confirm this.

      On another note, I do believe that these utterings by Roosevelt Skerrit are an indication of his desire to replace some present M.P.’s with candidates that have dual citizenship.If so, I don’t know why practically all bothered to vote for Charles Savarin yesterday

      • October 1, 2013

        The USA do not have dual citizenship so if one have a USA document and would like to entre politic they have to give it up so dont allow Skerrit the PM to lead you all down the wrong path.

  44. dildo
    October 1, 2013

    we hungry bills and food to high in they country

  45. big
    October 1, 2013

    take out they vat all put there :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

    • escape the execution
      October 1, 2013

      You smart man. That realy killing we. And take it out now. Not the day before election. And if he take it out now, we glad but we still voting him out, because it would be a bribe for votes.

      Boycotting all the way, hosey.

  46. Red Blood
    October 1, 2013

    Comrade irrespective of the fact that you stress on North America it does not mean that only Dominicans living in North America will benefit. Allowing dual citizens to contest hints to us that Frenchmen may be making moves to be reinstated as frenchmen or applying or have applied for dual citizenship in a territory that has no extradition treaties with Dominica for obvious reasons.

    This disclosure also suggests to our small minds that the comrade is not pleased with the calibre of candidates and prospective candidates that he has especially given that fact that he is becoming increasingly unpopular. The Skerrit image has lost its luster and the marriage has not worked as a buffer. With this mass migration from the Labour party to the other party the elsuprimo may be concerned that the candidates he has and those who he has in mind are merely 6 of one and 1/2 a dozen of the other. These people are not politically attractive and can’t in any way, shape or form match up to the vibrant, equipped and most sort after candidates and prospective candidates that the other party has managed to get on board.

    It means therefore that the man wants to attract a few Doctorates and professionals from the diaspora community who on that own may maintain or win over some support as he no longer possesses the capacity nor skill to so do. This administration is dipped in allegations of corruption and political malpractice. The bribery strategy is lame and tired because people have gotten smart, you do not ignore us for 5 years and on the eve of elections you come bearing gifts. We shall eat them, drink them , spend them, wear them, save them and at the end of the day discard them because we are better than that. How long?, not long before we save Dominica by removing this current administration from office. It is time for a change and as a nation we must be prepared to embrace change because the good Lord wants to make all things new.

    It’s time we regain our name as an industrious people who do not depend on handouts to survive. We are better than that. we need a government who will respect themselves first then we can demand some respect from them.

    I have always loved the Labour Party and been sympathetic to its cause but it doesn’t appear to be sympathetic to ours. If it were Charles A. Savarin couldn’t be their choice for president. My dear friends I am putting country before party this time around, therefore change is a must, it is not an option and I urge you to do the same.

    How many of us agree?

    • Anonymous
      October 1, 2013

      The UWP thought that they were being clever by boycotting everything. What ever has happened is also their fault. They had enough time to put forward their own presidential nominee. However, in their usual arrogant manner, they thought that they could plunge the country into a constitutional crisis and lawlessness. It has backfired on them. They had Brian Allene in the shaddows who has waited for this opportunity, all his life. On the radio, he was quick to say that he was not a supporter of any political party at this time. Does he think that he could fool us? I wonder why Mamo neVer wanted him to be her successor.

      Also, I must say that Skerrit has Done a lot for Dominica in quite a short time. Dominica looks like a new Country. However, after I think of how Charles Savarin went up and down the length and breath of Dominica……..together with the DOMINICA FREEDOM PARTY……..preaching hate and fighting against independence, and also all the troubles of 1979 which led to the overthrow of the labour Party government………I say no to him getting the highest honour of the land.

      When I remember how the houses and cars of Mr Latigue were burnt until he had to resign as the President of Dominica, so that people like Savarin could come to power…….I say no. I also renember how Mr Fred Degasson had to be smuggled out of the country….during the night because they feared for their lives. His only crime was, being the President. He was in their way. Brian Allene did not speak out against that then. He was too busy waiting to be a minister in the government of NATIONAL SALVATION……SUDDENLY, LIKE A WOLF in sheep clothing he is pretending that he cares so much about the constitution.

      There is nothing unconstitutional about CHARLO being the President. However, based on the his political past…….and out of respect for the people of Dominica, Mr Prime Minister, you should have looked to nominate someone else who does not have all that bargage, instead of him.

  47. curious
    October 1, 2013

    good idea, as long as you’re born in Dominca….
    Dominica’s best talent is in Norht America

    • Nac Vibes
      October 1, 2013

      And why do you think they are there?

    • Rastar-Marn
      October 2, 2013

      This is not the way to attract great minds back to Dominica!!!

      I would imagine if anything need to be changed would be the Fraud they call the VAT system of Extortion!!!

      Instead of going to ask dem US Based and European Companies to send ships and put in customer service operations in Dominca, why doesn’t this administration seek ways of attracting technology based enterprises,,,

      Make the Case that CARICOM nations want to assemble its own electronic products!!!

      Juss like dem Chinese assemble iPhone when it was designed in California So too Island folk can assemble products they use, dat was designed somewhere else,,,

      Marn sure the case could be made that the labour cost is comparable to that of the Asian countries and we already know the transportation of the product(s) will not leave as big a Carbon foot-print as products assembled overdere,,,

  48. DA in TX
    October 1, 2013

    But but but d man mad .i listen to skerrit on DBS this morning and he is so good at what he does best. Which is tell lies I tell u. He’s only using this particular amendment for a start just know the next move is to have a pm that serves for life. Boy skerrit u good u good for true.

  49. "O" STRESS"
    October 1, 2013

    I agree with the “PM” 100% such should have taken place long time ago. The pm does not have tunnel vision like most of us he always think outside the box. He knows that the amount of resourceful Dominicans that are out there can make a positive contribution to the development of Dominica. When I come home spend thousands of Dollars to help our economy no one ask weather I have an American Passport or when our barrels arrives in Dominica no one question weather we are American Citizens or not. I am with the “PM’ on that we Dominicans are not open to the big picture and only look at things on a small scale. MR “PM” you have my vote on this proposal make it happen fast as you made our president. The complaining will only last for a short time and we return to business as usual.
    ” I am Dominican” Are YOU??????? SMH.

    • Nac Vibes
      October 1, 2013

      Your pm may not have tunnel vision, clearly you do.

    • OverSeer
      October 2, 2013

      I beg to differ. Dominicans who hold citizenship in another country should not be allowed to run for political office. They are able to make contribution and should continue to do so, however if they have no interest in remaining in Dominica AFTER they have made their contribution, they should not run for office!. Many locals do not have the OPTION of returning to the US or another country so why should we allow Dominica to be managed via long distance?

  50. fed up of skerrit
    October 1, 2013

    boi mr always have some sicken thinking, always out for HIMSELF…..elect charlo president a kind of president…(eyes rolling) disgraceful now we back on dual citizenship…we all know u have yours and you slipped by just for a lil what you fraid the truth comes back and bite u in ur ***! dont you worry there is a season for everything u dat skerrit there, it might not be tomorrow but ur day will come and all others that support and refuse to stand on integrity, honesty, respectfully…..God hears and sees it all..He is the One incharge, hope you seek help for you before there is not turning back for u, my vote will make a difference next election..one less vote for u……smh

    • Anonymous
      October 1, 2013

      He very well know he was wrong and had dual citizenship now he trying to come up with something else. All he wqants to do is to cvover his back. Your Day is Coming Skerrit. Look out.

  51. GRANDBAY
    October 1, 2013

    The majority of Dominicans are making children overseas right now soon there will be no one to qualify for any position in Dominica other than the children of Haitians and Spanish Dominicans,so all of you who have kids born in Antigua, USVI, French Islands, UK cannot claim Dominica. I’m sorry but all countries are leaning on that right now to embrace dual citizenship. I just hope that all of you stay in Dominica dont travel out to assume any position. Work in your country, support your PM and the Government, Pray for them and Dominica.

    • Nac Vibes
      October 1, 2013

      Utter rubbish, name all these countries who allow dual citizens where state business is conducted, come on, name a few. You wont because you know zip.

    • Jay
      October 2, 2013

      Boy, you are not making sense. Haitians and “Spanish” have their passports from Haiti and the Dominican Republicv too. So what is the difference?

    • October 5, 2013

      Grand Bay.

      Hello I come from a big family in Grand Bay and we have property there. Anyway my three children born in New York but if there is a war between America and China or America and Russia I am coming to Dominica with my children. My wife and I are from Dominica aren’t my children citizens of Dominica. Any problems in America they coming with me.

  52. Puppet Master
    October 1, 2013

    This is exactly why Skare-it wanted charlo…ever so anxious to change the constitution just to suit him and his needs. Congratulations…we have our first President puppet. Let the puppeteering begin….More to come!

    Lord guide our country..Intercede and take control!

  53. Brother Rat
    October 1, 2013

    Keep all you ears open eh. Just now, all you might hear that the constitutional requirement that elections be held every five years is outdated and to primitive. One of the more ‘up-to-date’ concepts that might be enacted in the new Skerrit-inspired constitution might be that elections are held once every 50 years.

    After all, didn’t this man (who is now saying that portions of the constitution are outdated) proclaim a few years ago that he intends to be in power until 2050? 8-O 8-O 8-O 8-O 8-O 8-O

    Folks, 1+1=2 alright…..not 3. Properly add up all the things you’ve been hearing from this guy…………and you’ll figure out exactly where this guy wants to go……

  54. Grand Bay Girl
    October 1, 2013

    This is a good idea. There are many Dominicans who have migrated and are doing well overseas who
    would like to return to contribute to the country
    We have Cardiac surgeons, College Professors, Nurses who can come to contribute to their country We really do have some brilliant Dominicans abroad and we could do well with their
    services in Dominica

  55. MIB
    October 1, 2013

    No we know why the PM wanted to elect a partism hack as president. It was all about being able to change the constitution. He knew fully well that Eliud Williams would not sign off on changing the constitution. This is the only begining.

  56. Papa Dom
    October 1, 2013

    Why especially North America?

  57. ZULU
    October 1, 2013

    I do not agree with anyone having dual citizenship holding political office. However there are Dominican citizens who have green cards or permanent residency in the US that are resourcefull an still citizens of Dominica and should be allowed to contribute.

    Contribution does not have to be political. It could be using skills and knowledge learnt in manufacturing consulting environmental cleanup etc etc

  58. Wye-wye
    October 1, 2013

    NO! NO! NO!We cannot allow dual citizens to run for POLITICAL office in this country. When they do their macacwe and run away to their second home, we will have problems getting them back in Dominica to answer questions. For example, look at what happened to the Japanese guy who did his thing in South America and his other home in Japan refuse to send him back to South America to answer for his wrong doings.

  59. lugawoomem
    October 1, 2013

    why is AMERICA asking you to forsake all what you have in DOMINICA once you are given a greencard to live and work in the US,while skerrit saying why should you leave all what you have in another country just to be part of another one..CHARLO WILL SIGN ANY DOCUMENT YOU THROW AT HIM SO YOU DONOT NEED ANYONE”S PERMISSION TO CHANGE YOUR CONSTITUITION SKERRIT..DOMINICA IS SKERRITVILLE so u go ahead sir……

  60. i am troubled
    October 1, 2013

    this man knows that he is getting away with murder, and what he says goes, so he can say anything and it must comes to pass.all i am saying is one day hmmmm one day

  61. Anonymous
    October 1, 2013

    I do not believe that this is the most important constitutional amendment we need.I believe that we need to do some serious and cautious analysis before taking any such action.

    The Prime Minister is misguided by his thoughts on this proposal.

    Dual Citizenship must be viewed with caution. Certain Governments require that their citizens provide them with intelligence. The Peace Corps operations manual for example require that Volunteers have , as a responsibility, to report information on the country in which they serve to the US Government. Can we imagine what would be the expectation from a US (our any other) citizen in Cabinet.

    The question is whose loyalty will a dual citizen recognize as primary. We already know that the number one choice for(former in some cases) Dominicans with US documentation is to the US. One only has to reflect on a recent press conference held in the US and the opinions expressed by these so called Dominicans. I got the feeling then that Dominica was seen as a ward of the United States to the extent that the Prime Minister should “…Come up here in Washington to answer some questions.” Very rude but equally revealing.

    We should say a resounding NO to dual citizens or even former dual citizens in our Parliament or to any sensitive positions in the hierarchy of our Country. Think of what was given up and whose loyalty will be preferred. There can be many regrets in the future. The future generations should not be saddled with the negative impact of our indiscretion.

    Mr Prime Minister there are more pressing issues, including, the state of our economy that need attention. The state of law and order is bordering on failure. The need of more severe sentencing to create deterrence. Please address those among others and help us to build loyalty to our beloved country.

    • Juan Pablo
      October 1, 2013

      Look donkiness….so if a questioned is asked he should just shut up

      Is that how we come nuh

  62. hmmmm
    October 1, 2013

    Sorry Mr. PM. People in such positions must have one allegiance. There are many other ways to serve if people really want to. But that is something that should never change. The constitution must be made clearer so that no one tries to pass through loopholes. As long as you have dual citezinship regardless of how you got it you cannot be in these positions. You must renounce it first. And you must be born in Dominica to be president or prime minister.

    The folks in the Diaspora may not agree. But as I said there are many other ways to serve your country if you genuinely want to.

  63. Kamchatka
    October 1, 2013

    Folks, the dual citizenship disqualification clause is in the constitution for an important reason.

    Hypothetically, suppose we have a President or Prime Minister who has……uuuummmmmmmm…..French and Dominican citizenship. Now supposing Dominica and France were to go to war against each other or strongly disagree on a very critical global issue, which side will a dual citizenship holding President or Prime Minister pledge allegiance to or support?

    Think about this………..

    The answer to (or inability to answer or figure out) the above scenario is a critical reason why the holder of important posts in a country such as President or Prime Minister must not have dual citizenship.

    • October 1, 2013

      PLACE OF BIRTH COMES FIRST.

    • 1979
      October 1, 2013

      MULE THEY MULE!!

      me self ready to leave Dominica for those Donkey to graze wi, because I cannot understand how my people so SOOOOOOOOOOOTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT

      • Grand Bay Girl
        October 1, 2013

        The best “laf” for the day .lol

    • Juan Pablo
      October 1, 2013

      how does Dominica goes to war with France…the donkiness that some people say..SMFH

  64. Bless Up
    October 1, 2013

    Is this suggestion an acceptable policy in ANY other country? To my mind this person can perpetrate any number of evils and escape to avoid prosecution. Then again I am a layman.

    • kodac
      October 1, 2013

      Hw plans to regain his french citizenship; so he can flee the country when the time is right. A A, my mind just flash on his pal secko.

  65. Objectivity
    October 1, 2013

    Amen!

  66. How
    October 1, 2013

    But PM. What you trying na these days ? Nonsense you talking now. How you want people in office to pledge allegiance to 2 countries? Who are your advisers these days ? Fire them now. Get your head back in the running the affairs of the country please and stop making trouble.

  67. Channel 1
    October 1, 2013

    Folks, read between, under, on top and the sides of lines of EVERYTHING this man says.

    Doesn’t the ‘advanced’ America demand that in order to be eligible for a post of US President, an individual has to be born in the United States?

    I hope all you seeing the kind of psychological tricks this man is coming up with……….

    It would be interesting for us to find out which other parts of the constitution he deems to be outdated that needs to be changed.

    He recently mentioned about Dominica one day maybe having an executive president……..now he talking about changing segments of the constitution because it is outdated(for him)………

    Watch out!!!!!!!!!

    • October 1, 2013

      You asked, “It would be interesting for us to find out which other parts of the constitution he deems to be outdated that needs to be changed.”

      ALL OF IT.

      • Channel 1
        October 1, 2013

        @Itassi – I have a strong suspicion you may be correct.

        And you see how Roosevelt Skerrit is cunningly setting up the scene for him to go after the constitution.

        Hmmmmmmmm………..

        Watch out Dominicans!!! A number of all you have a tendency to pretend to be foolish but I hope common sense has finally found a way to crash into all you heads eh….

        From early o’clock, you all have been warned that Roosevelt Skerrit intends to go after the constitution eh…………and it would appear he would like to modify it in a manner which suits HIMSELF…

  68. Anonymous
    October 1, 2013

    IF YOU LOVE UR COUNTRY SO MUCH and want to hold such position its easy as 123 GIVE IT UP

  69. October 1, 2013

    I do so agree. little do you know, Dominicans leaving abroad holds more allegiance than those that live in Dominica.

    • BornAgain
      October 1, 2013

      I am one them,and I agree with you %1000

  70. eyes open
    October 1, 2013

    Mr. fraid Electoral reform. The “Independent” Electoral Commission was forced to do Mr’ bidding to produce NID cards. The Constitution gives the Commission the right, the mandate, to request funds to do its work. But no. Awa.

    For about 8 Years now, the Commission requested funds from finance Minister Skerritt to produce specifically, Voter ID cards, not National ID cards. The Commission’s Constitutional rights Mr. cast aside. It has lost its independence. Once Govt. interfering with, influencing Electoral Commission to do what it doesn’t want to do, WATCH OUT!!!!!!

    Already the Electoral process is flawed. Govt has no right to force the Commission to do otherwise than it requested.

    Let’s keep our eyes on the prize. Electoral reform. Free and Fair elections. Fraud must be stamped out. Mechanisms to ensure Free and fair elections and to prevent stealing, cheating, must be put in place. That’s why the Commission wanted Voter ID Cards and to clean up the bloated voters’ List. Electoral laws, the Constitution must be respected.

    No campaign Financing regulations????????? Is not our damn business where money come from? When is pay back time, who pays?

  71. Looking in
    October 1, 2013

    But wait, PM knows that Dominica has a Constitution..? strange. Seems someone with US status filed for you sir, so you taking infront.

  72. Anonymous
    October 1, 2013

    Skerrit is mad man
    this is so crazy to have people we dual allegiance holding office at some of the country’s highest position is just something else Mr. PM

    now I am really seeing you are fedup with the position which you holds

    • hahahahah
      October 1, 2013

      I said recently that the prime minister doesn’t seem to have an interest in winning the next general elections and he proves me right every single day.

  73. me dayba
    October 1, 2013

    skerrit a set of rubbish alone u does tlk we u want ppl to be serving 2 masters now u wanna change constitution hmmmmm what more to come. u cant be alligeance to two states skerrit. if you wanna go ahead and give up ur dual citizenship then best u come straight give it up cus it hurting u n stop beat around de bush boss u can fool some ppl but is nt all the ppl u can fool skerit. i vex with mr we. boy it time for u to go rest urself. we doh want u for pm

  74. Jill
    October 1, 2013

    Hey Dominica is our ‘good’ business Mr. Skerrit.Can you discuss your suggestions with Savarin?……no problems

  75. time to go
    October 1, 2013

    skerrit go to hell…………..

  76. Anonymous
    October 1, 2013

    Take dat. Why do you think Savarin was made President.

  77. PetProjects
    October 1, 2013

    Go to hell Skerrit.. It will never happen….This guy is just doing things just for HIMSELF….

  78. 2 Cents
    October 1, 2013

    I do not support the P.M in anything he has done or said in the past, but there are time even the wise man has to seat back and allow some thoughts to sink-in his head.
    This is very interesting point that Skerro has brought forward and we should be educated enough to challenge him as what are the options he has in mind.
    By the way he speaks, we know the English and the pronouciation of it’s words is not Skerro strong points but give him a chance to explain more in detail what he means.
    Untile the next election he has the majority in the house to make the change but it is up to the Dominican people to demand a referandum to accept or reject this idea.
    I am somewhat for only Pal Reps holding dual citizenship.

    • October 1, 2013

      I thought that is what he said.

    • Juan Pablo
      October 1, 2013

      So you do not support free education, free school bus, student getting scholarships, free medical for the elderly, free cooking gas for the elderly, providing with nursing aide….the road projects, etc, etc…

      But you support lennox (non-elected person) f****** up the country and the uwp just hell bent on destruction….it says a lot about you

  79. Ferbreze
    October 1, 2013

    Sure skero my son is in Afghanistan and i intend for him to run for office when he returns and he is a dual..

  80. 2 CuTe
    October 1, 2013

    Truss you Roos. Anything to work in your Favor ..uhmmm

  81. happy
    October 1, 2013

    ok you just starting to think of what u have to amend Pm hahahahahhaha 8-O woosh . Do ur thing boss man.

  82. Good Bye Alibaba
    October 1, 2013

    What’s your point; you always disrespect the constitution. Changing it would not mean a thing to you.
    You have taugt the Nation to disrespect the rule of law and people. You call people bastards. Why are you so arrogant. You threw the Ayatolla in our face as president.. That’s why the majority of Dominicans will not recognise him as president and will act accordingly, jump hi, jump lo.

    • Anonymous
      October 1, 2013

      not the majority only u n ur party n u r defiantly not the majority

  83. take your time
    October 1, 2013

    Your non supporters will disagree with you for opposing sake but I’m sure they are the ones who are going to benefit from this

    • Dark Ages are back
      October 1, 2013

      You would follow and support anything, vice and all. The christmas morning fire, the 60 counts, the lawlessness,the lieing, cheating,swearing, cursing stealing, bobolisashon in this nashon, womanisashon and nominashon,

  84. too two
    October 1, 2013

    So what are you really trying to say? or did DNO write it wrong, or did I get it wrong? From what I understand you want those with dual citizenship to make a contribution by allowing them to contest general elections or be part of public administration in Dominica, especially those in the U.S HOWEVER “we should not expect them to leave everything they have worked hard for in the US to achieve, just to come back and make a contribution” ??? huh? hmmm, I don’t understand what you mean. Either you want them to come back yet still they shuldnt leave what they have worked for just to come back home? are you just trying to say you want “Dominicans” anywhere with any type of dual citizenship to be able to come back home and vote? I am confused, honestly. Someone please explain. Thanks :roll:

    • Anonymous
      October 1, 2013

      or maybe u cannot understand :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

      • Exhale 1
        October 1, 2013

        It is akways good to get it right. That’s what a sensible person does, rather than wear their ignorance as a badge of honour as in your case.

  85. Positive
    October 1, 2013

    Mr. Skerrit, is that what we Dominicans want or you are speaking for yourself. There are Caribbean countries with a smaller population and their constitution is the same and they are contented with that. Why do you want people with allegiance to other countries to lead our country.
    Anybody with foreign allegiance will simple get up and go when he/she cannot face us the electorate if something is not acceptable. We need people who we can hold accountable to our country.

    Mr. Skerrit there are so many other things that we need to address in the same constitution as it relates to good governance which you are ignoring; and of course in the country we have a lot of issues with regard to unemployment, poverty, lack of resources in the health care system, education, housing etc to address and I cannot understand why you want to attack controversial issues before bread and butter, or life and death issues. My God, think, review, where are your advisers? Can’t you see and understand what is going on or happening now.
    Mr. Skerrit think and act wisely, or else????

  86. Friend
    October 1, 2013

    I believe that this can be amended to suit Ministers of government or other positions – but under no circumstances should the Prime Minister or President of the Commonwealth of Dominica be anything but DOMINICAN. I strongly believe that these two position should be occupied by a Dominican and Dominican only. Its a service that a Dominican has to provide to his or country as such that person must be wholly Dominican and I reiterate Dominican only!

    • Reader
      October 1, 2013

      I completely agree! I’d take it one step further and say that they should be Dominican by BIRTH!

    • Dominiquen
      October 1, 2013

      I am in full agreement!!! :?:

    • I DIE NU
      October 1, 2013

      Friend,since my birth certificate prooves me to be a Dominican having dual citizenship can’t deny that I am not a Dominican.

      • Friend
        October 1, 2013

        well you will have to settle for being a minister of government or other but NOT PRIME MINISTER NOR PRESIDENT unless you give up one.. you cannot serve two masters.

    • Sigmund
      October 1, 2013

      You know what I agree with your point and I am a die hard Laborite. PM or President has to have 1 citizenship…Amen!

  87. Lover of 2000
    October 1, 2013

    Go to Hell.

  88. jlo
    October 1, 2013

    you never see it coming

  89. aa
    October 1, 2013

    Thats just the beginning… Theres a lot more to come. He is refering to the case of LaFond, himself and others who had to give up their passports. Hope it would mean that my grandchildren who are born out of Dominica can inherit land.

    Way to go Mr pm. Dominica is yours. Time will tell

  90. thiny
    October 1, 2013

    just like changeing the definition of marriage in north america should be changed suit everyone…how can you change it just to suit gay???? that’s unfair …it you change it change it to suit polygamist…..hey what if i want to marry ten men plus 3 women…..what if i wnat to marry my dog or my car….and don,t tell me animals can’t enter into a contract…they are owned by humans…they dont sing any contract when we use them as beast of burden and as food and to go to war and everything else………………………so if we are changing the rules of when it comes to being a prime minister change it to suit everyone…….because they are lots of Dominicans with have given birth to intelligent kids in many foreign countries….as long as they have resided in this country for a while…say after they retire …why can’t they run for the position of the priminister…i mean the position requires no brains at all….you don’t even need to be a good/eloquent speaker

    • October 1, 2013

      The Prime Minister of ANY Country MUST be a CITIZEN of that County, by BIRTH.

    • Help needed
      October 1, 2013

      This statement by skerrit is considered RUBBISH

  91. EBEH
    October 1, 2013

    BWAVOOOO. It has begun.

  92. No ONe
    October 1, 2013

    Here we go….. Constitution in trouble now.. He take long.

  93. glen
    October 1, 2013

    rubbish

  94. Doc. Love
    October 1, 2013

    To little to late. Why didn’t you think of that when you were a Dominican and a French man. Had it not been for the same Linton who you now find faults with who disclosed your dual citizenship, maybe you would still be parading as a Dominican only.

    • October 1, 2013

      Regardless to where one resides and become a citizen by “NATURALIZATION” DO NOT make you a NON-DOMINICAN. Every document reads “PLACE OF BIRTH” “DOMINICA”; therefore, we will ALWAYS be DOMINICANS.

      • Anonymous
        October 1, 2013

        and your point is???

      • 1979
        October 1, 2013

        you can be Born in america and pledge allegiance to DOminica my broder….smfh that is the point if u dont get it..fetch a dictionary and look up allegiance

      • BornAgain
        October 1, 2013

        amen

  95. Jbfox
    October 1, 2013

    I support that move a 100% two of my kids were born inDominica they are also US citizens one is a medical student if they decide to return home why should anyone tell them they can’t hold certain position because they carry a US passport.

    • Anonymous
      October 1, 2013

      tell that to america when they tell him he cant be president of america

      • Channel 1
        October 1, 2013

        @Anonymous – That’s a thunderbolt of a response. Well said!!

    • leah
      October 1, 2013

      who are you fighting for? Dominica or America? you can only fight for one.. just like how you can serve one master God or the Devil? take your pick…Pure BS

  96. Anonymous
    October 1, 2013

    Dear Mr. PM

    Let these bright people serve in other capicities. Dual citizenship means allegiance to two countries. No one should hold political office in such a situation; one must be given up.

    • October 1, 2013

      Not as Prime Minister, but they can in any other capacity. Arnold Schwarzenegger, was Governor of California and he is an Austrian. This is only one example. There are several other examples of people holding office in Countries, which are not their Country of BIRTH.

    • Simple
      October 2, 2013

      That should be so simple to understand. You put people in these positions for the benefit of the masses; does that benefit the masses or just a few self serving people? smh.

  97. say it loud
    October 1, 2013

    The last paragraph doesn’t make any sense, but atlas, I could come home for good. Thanks p.m
    don’t just suggest it, make it happen.

  98. CIA on the Watch
    October 1, 2013

    Mr Prime Minister does the North American country recognize dual citizenship? What will be the consequence for those persons holding American citizenship wanting to serve another foreign state in a capacity that might conlict with the US, i.e.foreign relations? I guess you are now telling us the Dominican public in 2009 you were a foreign citizen so you are paving the way to get back your European passport/French citizenship, good try Hon PM

  99. thiny
    October 1, 2013

    and why was the rule put in place in the first place…..it sounds silly to me…please explain the cons because i don’t see any….

  100. thiny
    October 1, 2013

    and why just north America….way give north America preferential treatment….how about Chinese who were not born in Dominica or germans, i know a couple of Germans who reside in Dominica…i’m guessing they are Dominicans citizens by now…why don’t they get a chance to be prime minister too????

  101. I'mWondering
    October 1, 2013

    Amen!

  102. thiny
    October 1, 2013

    so if you are born out of Dominica but hold a Dominican past port it is ok?????????????

    that what it means right?????????????

    hey no changing the law to suit you…it must be changed to satisfy everyone

    • Simple
      October 2, 2013

      thiny, you are correct. this what is happening, and charlo with loyally endorse it. Remarkable, huh?

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