By DNO Correspondent
Parliamentary representative for the Roseau Central constituency Norris Prevost has said that the decision to take the Oath of Allegiance at Parliament this morning was a strategic move, in the aim of strengthening the UWP’s boycott of the Parliament, and in no way a deviation from the party’ s plan.
Prevost entered the Parliament building about 10 a.m., but did not remain inside. He refused to give reporters any details, except to say “see you at the press conference.”
He assured that the UWP was unified in its decision and his actions are not against the party’s standing.
The UWP conducted a parliament boycott two consecutive times following the December 18, 2009 general elections. The Dominica Labour Party (DLP) won 18 out of 21 seats at the general elections, while UWP won three. The first sitting of the House of Assembly for the year was held on February 04, 2010, and the second one convened on March 2010.
“My taking the Oath of Allegiance strengthens the boycott, and is part of the United Workers Party’s overall strategy to intensify the fight to protect the people of Dominica, from Mr Skerrit’s ambition for absolute power and a one-party state,” Prevost said a press conference at the party’s Cork Street office this morning.
“The taking of the Oath of Allegiance by the member for the Roseau Central does not stop the United Workers Party boycott of the parliament, nor does it in any way, legitimize what continues to be a fraudulent parliament,” he explained.
Prevost, who won his seat by a small margin over Dominica Labour Party’s candidate Alvin Bernard, dismissed speculations that he had been sworn in as the official leader of the Opposition at this morning’s sitting of the House of Assembly.
Other UWP elected members President of the party Edison James and Hector John representing the Marigot and Salisbury constituencies respectively kept good on their word, and did not attend Parliament this morning. In an announcement at Parliament this morning, Speaker of the House Alix Boyd-Knights said she received letters from the three UWP members, acquainting her with the fact that they would not be attending this sitting of the House of Assembly.
According to James, what was done at Parliament this morning was the manifestation of the unity between members of the UWP.
James criticised Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit’s scheduling Parliament for three consecutive months as a tactic to force by-elections on the UWP.
“The sole purpose was to get seats vacated and to get by-elections going,” James said.
He reiterated that this move was done in unity with the rest of the UWP.
James said that there is a “sense of unity” and a “sense of purpose” amongst his party members.