Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit no longer holds French citizenship.
By decree, Skerrit no longer holds French citizenship as of Feb. 5, 2010 , it was revealed by investigative journalist Lennox Linton during today’s Between You and Me programme on Q95.
Linton read the supporting documents, written in French, on air. He also read it in English.
It was also revealed that Skerrit applied for or acquired French citizenship on April 8, 2003 while still a minister of government.
During the radio programme, Linton played a voice clip from Skerrit’s legal advisor Tony Astaphan quoting the laws concerning nomination to run for elections.
According to Dominican law, Astaphan is quoted as saying persons must be qualified before they are nominated for general elections. If it is found that they are not qualified after being nominated, they face criminal proceedings and can be fined or imprisoned.
A case contesting Skerrit’s dual citizenship is currently before the court.Linton questioned why Skerrit renounced his citizenship in 2010 if he was a French citizenship since 1972. The journalist also questioned why the court is taking so long to move forward with the matter.
Skerrit was born at the Princess Margaret Hospital in Roseau, Dominica on June 8, 1972 to a French mother, who was born in Guadeloupe.
Skerrit became prime minister following the death of Pierre Charles in January 2004. Skerrit, who has been the member of parliament for the Vielle Case constituency since he was elected in February 2000, also serves as Minister for Finance, Minister for Foreign Affairs and as the political leader of the ruling Dominica Labour Party.