The United Workers Party (UWP) has no plans to attend the national Budget debate at Parliament.
Party leader Ron Green confirmed this to Dominica News Online following an inquiry.
“We are not attending the budget address. That is correct information,” was Green’s response.
Following the victory of Hector John and Edison James- elected Members of Parliament for the Salisbury and Marigot constituencies respectively- at Friday’s by-elections, Green noted that they would return to Parliament. He had also said in an earlier media interview that the UWP awaits the intentions of the prime minister in that regard.
However, this morning Green told this online news publication that “We noted that we intended to attend and we have every respect for the institution.”
He attributes their decision to an ongoing protest against the Government, since UWP members have not seen any meaningful, concrete movement towards achieving the basic things they have called for, which are critical to strengthening democracy.
He said several items have been called for since 2005 and the prime minister has failed to put them in place.
“They are being pushed under the mat, scorned and ridiculed and the time has come where we have to stand for something,” he noted.
According to Green, Dominicans should consider whether they want to continue to move toward a one-party state.
When asked if there was any ‘trouble in his camp’ stemming from this decision, Green flatly denied it, saying he was not aware of that. “In fact we could not be more united now and feeling a sense of success at the recent [by-election] polls,” he added.
He stated that if persons are making such comments they have to be based on substantial information.
A press conference will be held on Wednesday on the matter.