PM condemns plot against Venezuelan gov’t

Maduro said an attempted coup was foiled
Maduro said an attempted coup was foiled. Photo: Reuters

Prime Minister of Dominica the Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit has condemned a coup plot against the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Nicholas Maduro.

President Maduro announced on Thursday, February 12, 2015 that his government had foiled an attempted coup which resulted in the detention of both civilians and members of the military.

Prime Minister Skerrit has stated that the Venezuelan Government has been duly elected by the people of Venezuela and any illegal attempt to remove it must be condemned.

“The Government of Venezuela which is led by President Maduro has been duly elected by the people of Venezuela. Any attempt to remove the constitutionally elected government must be condemned by all, in no uncertain terms. The rule of law and the supremacy of the constitution must at all times be respected,” Prime Minister Skerrit stated.

Dominica and Venezuela have enjoyed years of fruitful relations since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1979.

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  1. chicken gone ye
    February 24, 2015

    all my comments or anything i write keeps waiting for concideration,i will stop blogging because it is obvious u have been bought,enjoy YOUR life and the rest of us will scrunt lol

  2. Tjebe fort
    February 24, 2015

    Didn’t Roosevelt Skerrit attend Hugo Chavez 10 year anniversary party in Feb 2009 in Caracas, he alone of all English speaking Caribbean, with the likes of Daniel Ortega and Evo Morales and a representative of Fidel Castro?
    A party to celebrate Hugo Chavez being 10 years in power. And how did Mr. Chavez get into power? Not through a coup by ignoring the law and overthrowing the country’s President? Do I need to say anymore?

  3. chicken gone ye
    February 23, 2015

    my PM commdems a cook koo attempt when the world only knows what the ven goverment as propogated i find he is talking before he gets the facts,or maybe he his just singing for his supper x,

  4. Me
    February 23, 2015

    I suppose mr. Skerrit would consider Hugo Chavez’ bloody coup against the legally- & democratically elected President Carlos Andres Perez of Venezuela, in Nov. 1992 perfectly legal then?? Time and time again we see the face of Janus.

  5. Titiwi
    February 23, 2015

    Hm, the same kind of support came from the same source for Colonel Gadaffi.

  6. Titiwi
    February 23, 2015

    Whom is Maduro sticking his finger up to, rude boy!

  7. Bod
    February 23, 2015

    A coup attempt ? Ludicrous smoke and mirrors. Maduro ? The clue is in the name.

    February 23, 2015

    Is that comment coming from the same guy who said no law or constitution can dethrone him ??

  9. orchid
    February 23, 2015

    I have never come across such rubbish in a long while. Madura a poor leader of a government which is finishing off the job started by King Chavez of bringing a rich country to its knees. Our government supports this rubbish spouted by an incompetent leader? When failure is looking you in the face, look for someone else to blame. Wake up people! You are being brought down a slippery path

  10. The Facts
    February 22, 2015

    DNO, I thought for also organizational purposes, first come, first serve that the comments which were previously posted on your Website since February 19th would be moderated first before those that are posted on February 20th, 21st and 22nd.

    In addition, you have a picture of “a big green eye” projecting itself at those who use your Website, in the comments section. For healthy vision purpose, are you aware that this is bad for the eyes and is capable of affecting the vision of your users? I suppose you did not give it a thought that it can affect the eyes of your users.

    • Titiwi
      February 23, 2015

      Green eyes???What green eyes? Perhaps you are looking in the mirror? Get out and get some fresh air Facts, it will do you good.

  11. Japanese
    February 22, 2015

    lol…..woosh skerrit.

  12. Question
    February 22, 2015

    LOL.. Our PM is funny. He says that no constitution can stop him from doing what he wants to don now he saying that the people of Venezuela should respect their constitution. On which side of the term constitution is our PM..

    February 22, 2015

    that is simply a communist type of government chavez created.

  14. Real Possie
    February 22, 2015

    SKERRIT, there was no plot. Maduro is trying to muzzle or destroy the opposition just like you are trying in Dominica but I am urging you to be careful. the had of god is in everything when he wants to bring sanity to a country. POWER DESTROY PEOPLE WHO LUST FOR POWER.

  15. ?????????
    February 22, 2015

    Could someone explain to me why is it that skerrit keeps putting himself in venezuela’s business……. is he aware that maduro’s approval ratings are down to 20%?…. skerrit the common sense thing to do would be to start being neutral so the country can continue gaining the benefits from venezula when the government changes soon!!!

  16. Truth Be Told
    February 22, 2015

    Message to the Prime Minister of Dominica: Sir, are you aware of a coup plot in Venezuela? “Venezuela’s problems cannot be solved by criminalizing dissent,” US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporter. So far reaction has been muted, with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, the U.S.’s top ally in the region, urging that Ledezma’s due process rights be respected but stopping short of calling for the mayor’s release. Brazil, whose Workers Party government is close to Maduro and a major investor in Venezuela, expressed concern and called on both sides to “work for peace and the maintenance of democracy.” Read more:

  17. Truth Be Told
    February 22, 2015

    “The news of Mr Ledezma’s arrest was surprising, but Venezuelans have seen this before. Of 76 opposition mayors in office, 33 are facing a trial.” Source BBC

  18. Lucia
    February 22, 2015

    PM the way you going, all I will say is you never know. there is so much people can tolerate and when is time to go, you’ve got to go…..nuff said

  19. February 22, 2015

    Hahaha… the Same Roosvelt Skerrit that said “no Law , No Constitutions” can prevent him from doing what he wants? ,

    The Same Roosevelt Skerrit that violates the Constitution with Dual Citizenship and then say he does not want to incriminate himself.

    The same roosevelt skerrit that is steal the election by bribing voters..

    Man go to hell , go to hell , go to hell eh… LOL

  20. Dear PM
    February 22, 2015

    If there were election irregularities, the majority of Venezuelans may not think that the Government was “duly elected”. If that is the case, the people will always try to find ways to get a government they believe reflects their choice.

    If indeed, there were no election irregularities, then you are right. The overthrow plot action should be thoroughly condemned.

    That is why it is so important to ensure that elections are completely free and fair.

  21. See Photo above
    February 21, 2015

    President Maduro gives the finger and said on Thursday, February 12, 2015 & said that his government had foiled an attempted coup which resulted in the detention of both civilians and members of the military. he called on President Savarin to hold strong and fight to remain in power to like he fought to gain power for P.M Eugenia Charles in 1979

  22. rudy
    February 21, 2015

    You , stay there. Condemn by whom, always remember when and where a nation and its people are under pressure things will happen. You can’t stop that.Go do the right thing.Them Venezuelan are getting hungry; so a hungry man is an angry man. What have you got to send for him? it’s bad out there, the man need some help.

  23. Ideal
    February 21, 2015

    The rule of law and the supremacy of the constitution must at all times be respected. this is coming from a man who said…no constitution will keep him down, are you speaking from your second mouth, I am wondering about your state of mind

  24. Ideal
    February 21, 2015

    Skerrit you really have to sing for your supper. The people of Venezuela are tired of this government and eventually if will fall. Be careful.

  25. February 21, 2015

    What’s the big deal ? Chavez himself had attempted a coup when he was in the army and was thrown in prison.

  26. WeNiceMan
    February 21, 2015

    You know I think it’s time for a coup in Dominica too. We can do much better than Skerritt.

  27. 2 wrongs
    February 21, 2015

    “The rule of law and the supremacy of the constitution must at all times be respected,” Prime Minister Skerrit stated.

    Yet, several years ago and as it stands today from his mouth “no law, not even the constitution. ….” and you know the rest. Guys what’s foods for the goose is not good for the gander #biase

  28. Bird's Eye
    February 21, 2015

    Did I hear the prime minister embracing the rule of law?
    Since when?
    So the rule of law is good for Venezuela but not for Dominica?
    As for Venezuela, any coup that gets rid of an enemy of democracy is good for democracy in the long run, even if we may have to hold our collective nose and look the other way
    Maduro is in over his head, as the former bus driver has no idea how to mange Venezuela’s economy, much like his pal in Dominica.
    Skerrit’s problem is more about fears of losing the subsidy from Venezuela which he has grown accustomed to, and less of moral outrage about the rule of law for which he has shown contempt locally.

  29. Erasmus B. Black
    February 21, 2015

    With oil prices falling, an economy on the brink of collapse, and no new narrative, our Dear Comrade in Venezuela is at it again. And as usual, the same people who are responsible for giving his predecessor the cancer that killed him, and who are also responsible for the shortage of toilet paper in his country et al are to blame. We note that our Dear Leader has condemned this “coup plot.” At whom exactly though, is his ire directed?

  30. Erasmus B. Black
    February 21, 2015

    “The rule of law and the supremacy of the Constitution must at all times be respected” Prime Minister Skerrit said. Yep!! To quote the current President of the USA, “You can’t make these things up.”

  31. Joan
    February 21, 2015

    I know i heard with my ears in D.A. our prime minister Said <No law or constitution can prevent me " now he is saying the law and constitution Must he adhered to in Venezuela must be respected by the people. Only prime ministers can go against the law and constitution Dominicans wake up. I knew my people were lovers of their leaders but i did not imagine they lov e Skerrit more than their Country

    • Joan
      February 21, 2015

      they are all nom fou nana

  32. Malgraysa
    February 21, 2015

    The democratically elected Mayor of Caracas, Antonio Ledezma was arrested on thursday at his office without a warrant and taken to the Venezuelan National Intelligence headquarters without a charge being read but on suspicion of plotting to overthrow the govt., according to his lawyer. Mr. Ledezma is an opponent and critic of Pres. Maduro. Our P.M. should be very careful in making hasty pronouncements of support for a regime that behaves in this fashion. Whether any coup was plotted will have to be ascertained by a court of law after due process. However, I echo the U.S. State Dept. view that Venezuela’s problems can not be solved by criminalizing dissent.

  33. too late
    February 21, 2015

    that is what should happen to leaders who misuse a country’s resources for their own political and financial benefit. They must face the wrath of the people.

  34. Navara
    February 21, 2015

    Leaders have been put into power by the same coup of which we speach.. follow your history PM. Coup is a process and it si done by the people for the people. Any group doesn’t just wake up and decide to go and do a coup. A coup is an essential method of overthrowing a government and although it is the governments responsibility to resist, it is also the peoples responsibility to effect a coup if they so desire..

  35. February 21, 2015

    Skerrit, mind your damn business.
    Stay out of Venezuelan affairs.

  36. Looking in
    February 21, 2015

    What did they say..” when your neighbor house is on fire, wet yours…” Don’t you worry Skerro, your turn will soon come. Just be patience, and continue encouraging the behavior of those in positions. God bless Dominica.

  37. george Fontaine
    February 21, 2015

    Was the plot against the government or the president?

  38. Lukie
    February 21, 2015

    Is it April 1st yet? Because I believe I’m being pranked. Come on. Are you serious? The Venezuelan people are tired and you being an outsider feel justified in condemning them for doing what Dominicans are too weak to do? Don’t worry. Sing for your supper still. Let’s hope there’s still a Dominica left when you’re gone. Smdh

  39. kubulol
    February 21, 2015

    First, I’m not sure that Maduro has been “duly” elected ; when you use public money to “buy” votes, that’s not a fair election.
    Second, if something must be condamned, then it should be this horrible leftist dictatorship that prevents all form of free speeches, political opposition, democratic rules, etc….

    Make no mistake ; the issue is not where you think it is !

  40. February 21, 2015

    You shat you pants boy skerro. Doh fraid man ……It will never happen to you….. You hope

    February 21, 2015

    O.K. so what is supremo skerrit saying. His sweetheart maduro said it was and is America who planned the coup against him. So is the supremo blaming or about to take on America, Obama, or the C.I.A. interesting :mrgreen:

  42. The Facts
    February 20, 2015

    Some people cannot live at peace with others and in peace with them . They love to create and cause trouble. One day, God will put a hand and eliminate all the troublemakers of the world who try to harm others and others who do so. Their day is coming.
    We must consider how some people can put their job and their future on the line. They have a good job and now they have jeopardized them and their future. They may have a family to support and also children to put through schooling. They never think of what may occur should they be caught. It looks like they may spend the rest of their years in prison. Who can they blame? They of course for planning to depose the President of Venezuela and his government.
    I am pleased that the coup was foiled. The Venezuelan government will deal with them accordingly. Feel sorry for what they have done to themselves and also their families.

  43. Liberty
    February 20, 2015

    The PM singing for his supper again.

  44. Views Expressed
    February 20, 2015

    Skerrit…….the UWP was duly elected to the parliament of Dominica and the DLP under your leadership has questions to answer to the people of Dominica of who stole the elections through devious means.
    Go clean your backyard before you talk about another country`s own. You cannot be trusted and Satan cannot talk of and forgive sins.
    We need a divine intervention coup in Dominica to clean the mess of this DLP masquerade

  45. Francisco Telemaque
    February 20, 2015

    Roosevelt, it is only a matter of time before the people of Dominica get smart, and do the same to you. This should not come as a shock to you, coup detent is always used to get rid of dictators, that is the only means of getting rid of such vicious blood suckers. I listened to you today, you have matured as a politician, your English vocabulary has improved, nevertheless, all of your rhetoric today are nothing more than sweet sounding baloney.

    You have not presented anything which remotely appear that any significant economic change will reach Dominica anytime soon. You keep insisting on this “One China Policy” that makes you a stooge, and puppet to the China man, you are proud to talk about loans, but they have to be repaid you cannot borrow to pay off a loan, get smart guy, and do something to industrialize the country, Ian babbled about hotels, how come the one under construction for three years has yet to be completed?

  46. La Terre
    February 20, 2015

    Dominica’s constitution must be respected just as Venezula’s.

  47. Fish Eyez
    February 20, 2015

    DNO, this is how you should have reported this story…….”Any attempt to remove the constitutionally elected government must be condemned by all, in no uncertain terms. The rule of law and the supremacy of the constitution must at all times be respected,” Prime Minister Skerrit stated. And Prime Minister Skerrit went on to state the NO LAW, not even the CONSTITUTION can prevent Roosevelt Skerrit from running in Vielle Case.

  48. Mediator
    February 20, 2015

    “So the rule of law and constitution only applies in to some huh?” Plz correct me if I’m wrong but Last I didn’t Chavez planned a coup back in the day? That’s what’s happens with fail policies

  49. not a herd follower
    February 20, 2015

    Given the anti-democratic and paranoid behavior of the Government of Venezuela, this could well be a trumped-up charge. Skeritt does not know whether it is true or false, but he rushes to open his mouth in the fashion of a dependent pauper singing for his supper.

  50. Can't help but say
    February 20, 2015

    The Government of Venezuela which is led by President Maduro has been duly elected by the people of Venezuela. Any attempt to remove the constitutionally elected government must be condemned by all, in no uncertain terms. The rule of law and the supremacy of the constitution must at all times be respected,” Prime Minister Skerrit stated. Taking steps/preparation fo when urs cometh ask PJ 4 advise.
    It onlythe begiing what’s to come. Askformer west coast(now St.Aromaresient-who claims not to want to live amongst these people Poltical economit/ Lawyer /MND/DLP/UW turn Skerritie turn UWP 2 nights b4 election2015 about when those below &above can no longer live under the regime what happens.

  51. coucoun
    February 20, 2015

    So sad.. well said PM

  52. hmmmmm
    February 20, 2015


  53. committed Dominican
    February 20, 2015

    Boy hear who talking about constitution!

  54. February 20, 2015

    It’s an open question whether this really was a coup plot or whether that’s just a lie told by an execrable dictator so as to purge those who would speak up against him. In any event, Maduro is so loathsome that it could scarcely be a bad thing if a coup did depose him.

    • February 24, 2015

      Well Ron, I guess you don’t like this comment for it to sit in limbo for so long….

  55. Duncekyat
    February 20, 2015

    Yes Mr. Skerrit, The Venezuelan people’s use of their democratic right to express their frustration and opposition to their government’s gross economic negligence is equivalent to a coup plot. Man, I am so disappointed and disgusted with our leadership that I sometimes find myself being embarrassed to be a Dominican. Sad but true.

  56. February 20, 2015

    no polt against an elect governmemt should be accepted,but when we know of eveidence of bribery and courption to win an election like there wasin DOMINICA the acceptance of the that primnister and adminstration is not welcome

  57. Shaka zulu
    February 20, 2015

    The prime minister of Dominica need to keep his trap quite. I would like him to tell us how did papa Chavez a former military strongman got in power. Also want him to tell us how many times Chavez changed the constitution of the people to concentrate power. Muduro a former cab driver is way above his head. I hope skerrit will grant him asylum when the people finally run him out of Venezuela. We tend to believe we can do all sorts of wrong and as time pass people will forget.
    Presidents and prime ministers have been tried and jailed after office for their corrupt practice . Keep flying your kite skerritt.

  58. February 20, 2015

    Please Mr pm stop running your mouth about things you have no idea about.

  59. skero talking
    February 20, 2015

    PM skerrit you have in recent past disrespected the people and the parliament of Dominica when you say NO LAW can stop you to do like you please on island, you also say the people of Dominica is too free, you are very 2 face Ian Douglas minister in your administration was on radio telling the world of your stop that pretend cheap talk on behalf of
    President Maduro.

  60. Democracy 4 Dominica
    February 20, 2015

    Skeritt should be QUAKING in his boots. The ‘CARIB SPRING UPRISING’ is in motion.
    The MASSES have spoken and we say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.
    We will derail this run away Train before it Crashes!

  61. Lang Mama
    February 20, 2015

    Coming from a guy who says No law no Constitution can prevent him from doing as he please????
    Now Maduro is paranoid and this is not the first time he claims that the opposition is plotting tk oust him thru a coup but what is remarkable is thst Maduro identify his “suspects” and arrest them but Roosevelt claim that he knit who set the fire at Melleville Hall and he also us aware of the visa racketeers yet no arrests. Instead fix it. So Skerrit where is the rule of law you $$$$!!

  62. February 20, 2015

    So how come you Mr. Pm
    doesn’t respect our constitution. R u not the one who told us that no law no constitution can stop u from doing what u want. Now u telling Venezuelan’s to respect their constitution. U not easy

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