Speaker of the Dominica parliament Alix Boyd-Knights has welcomed the decision by the opposition United Workers Party (UWP) to end their boycott and return to the House of Assembly.
“Of course it’s good,” she said of the decision, adding that “it’s good for the people. Finally they will see another side of whatever issues are before the table”.
Denying their claims of biasness against them, the Speaker indicated that they would be dealt with fairly.
“Always as usual. I’m dealing with the rules of the House, and the rules of the House say what to do, and I follow it absolutely,” she told Dominica News Online.
Boyd-Knights has suggested that UWP parliamentarians take parts of the rules that suit them to make their case but ignore parts that don’t support their arguments.
“I am doing my work to the best of my ability, the courts have agreed with me” she said in reference to legal challenges against her handling of opposition-related matters.
“It’s a pity that they keep saying that I am biased, but the point is people who really are interested in the truth need to come to the House and see for themselves what goes on,” the Speaker advised.
Asked whether there were occasions when she may have been a little unfair to the opposition, Boyd-Knights responded “No, but I can think of so many when they have been unfair to me, so very many”.
The parliament is scheduled to meet on Thursday (16th February).