Debate on presidential nominee unnecessary, says PM Skerrit

PM Skerrit
PM Skerrit

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has described the debate over his government’s nomination for president as unnecessary.

“To me the debate over this thing is not necessary,” the prime minister told reporters on Monday. “There are other important things that should occupy my mind over the next several days and weeks because essentially there are very few instances in the Constitution that allows the president to satisfy his discretion.”

He noted further that it is the Prime Minister who is in charge of running the country, not the president, since Dominica does not have an executive president.

“Although I am an advocate for the country moving towards having an executive president but as it is now we have an executive prime minister and a head of state who acts mainly on the advice of the Prime Minister on several issues,” Skerrit said.

Skerrit said the government’s nominee for head of state, Charles Savarin, is expected to take up office by October 1.

“We expect there to be an inauguration of Mr Savarin as the president on the 1st of October, 2013,” he said. “I am optimistic. As you know the speaker who was our first nominee withdrew for circumstances which she expressed in her letter and which was made public and the second nominee Mrs. Lafond had some personal challenges and could not make it. We are satisfied that the process will go through unhindered and we will have a smooth transition.”

When questioned about nominating the present President, Eluid Williams, the Prime Minister explained that Williams only served the balance of President Nicholas Liverpool’s term.

Leader of the United Workers Party, Lennox Linton, has said Savarin is not a good candidate for the presidency because of his partisanship and stated that the nomination will not stand.

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248 Comments

  1. ZEXZEL
    September 28, 2013

    ? :oops:

  2. ZXZL
    September 28, 2013

    I hope I have enough food and water in my home for several days; come this election. I smell trouble, plenty trouble ahead.

  3. Anonymous
    September 28, 2013

    And I quote….”essentially there are very few instances in the Constitution that allows the president to satisfy his discretion.”

    If this is the case Mr.PM, why is it Mr. Williams was not just left to serve his five-year period? Why it mattered so much that he was replaced after only a one year and you having gone through so many contortions to get him elected!? Uh?

  4. KISSA
    September 28, 2013

    i just woke up,sweating like a pig from a nightmare i just had…..Crazy Tee was our president :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:

  5. ZXZL
    September 27, 2013

    :twisted: dem leaders are all so twisted and lost.

  6. BLUEVEX
    September 27, 2013

    Well is now i blue vex! mister, yes the pm i talking about, is provoking people! that is NONSENSE!
    MISTER needs to grow up and stop try to be people boss! Among all the distinguish and capable people who are qualified in Dominica, Charles Savarin that is going to be President of Dominica. The same man that did what he did in 1979 and recently asked people to boycott Brisbane supermarket and you telling me now he is going to be HEAD OF STATE of this beloved country! AWA AWA, Dominica going backward!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Anonymous
    September 27, 2013

    DNO I am not in the habit of placing comments and see no reason why my little comment about Skerrit not showing himself to be a Labouite would not pass your approval after almost 24 hours.
    I am still expecting to see my comments.

  8. warma
    September 27, 2013

    “Those who fail to learn from the mistakes of their predecessors are condemned to repeat them”

    I am still shocked by the hubris demonstrated by this man – he has balls bigger than a calabash. Has he forgotten what happened to the last Labour Party head of state who had the unmitigated gall to tell Dominicans to essentially drop dead because their voices don’t matter and he’s going to do whatever he wants? He needs to go talk to Patrick John – he will surely remind him of the coulwosh he and his ministers got. As a matter of fact, he can just ask Charles Savarin himself! He was part and parcel of that protest. Roseau river nearly empty of stones, and it’s got a lot now. I’d hate to think that history is about to repeat itself. The environment in the country is tense, the youth are out of jobs; things are very expensive; Dominicans seeing some people getting the benefits while they cannot get; and they have a PM that has no respect for them. These are the conditions that breed resentment and ultimately revolutions. Be careful.

    • Anonymous
      September 27, 2013

      He is not telling that to Dominicans he is ignoring the few troublemakers.

    • dissatisfy labourite
      September 27, 2013

      As a labourite leaving in Glanvillia for the pass 40 years, am really getting fed up with the arrogant and pridefullness of Mr. Skeritt. The man is acting as if he is a God in the land. When he speak that is final. My bro there is a rude awakening coming up whereby you will understand that the people have more power than the people who are in power.

  9. A$AP MOB
    September 27, 2013

    another puppet

  10. I'mWondering
    September 27, 2013

    http://www.da-academy.org/DA_Constitution.html#chap2

    Everything you need to know about being elected President of Dominica – as this is going to be the case since the PM and the Opposition do not agree.

    What I find interesting is this section

    Elections
    19.-
    1. Whenever the office of President is vacant or the term of office of the President is due to expire within not more than ninety days, the Prime Minister shall consult with the Leader of the Opposition as to their joint nomination of a suitable candidate for election as President.
    2. If the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition submit to the Speaker by writing under their hands a joint nomination of a candidate for election as President to which that candidate has consented, the Speaker shall inform the House of the nomination, and declare that candidate to have been duly elected without putting the question to the vote.
    3. If the Prime Minister is unable to agree with the Leader of the Opposition as to their joint nomination of a candidate for election as President, he shall notify the Speaker to that effect and the Speaker shall inform the House accordingly.
    4. The Prime Minister or the Leader of the Opposition or any three member of the House may, during the period expiring fourteen days after the day on which the House has been so informed, submit to the Speaker by writing under their hands nominations of candidates for election as President and the Speaker shall at the first meeting of the House after the expiration of that period and before the House proceeds to any other business inform the House of the nominations he has received and to which the candidates concerned have consented.
    5. An election of the President at which the candidates shall be those of whose nomination the House has been informed by the Speaker, shall thereafter be held at the meeting of the House referred to in subsection (4) of this section (or if proceedings under section 22 of this Constitution are pending before the Court of Appeal, at a meeting of the House held as soon as is practicable after those proceedings) and the Speaker shall declare the candidate who has at that election received the votes of a majority of all the members of the House to have been duly elected:
    Provided that when the question of the election of the President is put to the vote, the votes shall be given by ballot in such manner as not to disclose how any particular member of the House votes.
    5A. Where the only candidate for election under subsection (5) of this section does not receive the votes of a majority of all the members of the House, the Speaker shall inform the House accordingly and a new election shall be held to which the provisions of subsection (4) and (5), mutatis mutandis, apply.
    6. Where a person consents to be nominated for election as President he shall do so by writing under his hand addressed to the Speaker.
    7. A person who has been declared to have been duly elected as President under this section shall assume office as such on the day after the day on which his predecessor vacates the office of President or, if that office is already vacant, he shall assume office on the day after the day on which he was declared to have been duly elected.

    My question is – if they didn’t agree on a nominee…why didn’t the Opposition present a nominee to be elected in Parliament?

    that seems like a fair process – we can’t agree so we both submit choices and the nominees are voted upon and who gets the most votes win.

    Look at s.19 (5)(A) – Another interesting tidbit that says a lot

    The Constitution gives room for everyone to have say!

    Dominicans fight about a Constitution and about the PM not obeying the Constitution, but I ask myself, is the Opposition obeying it also?

    What bout the provisions in the Constitution which allows them a say and the opportunity to present their own nominees for election to the Presiden

  11. I'mWondering
    September 27, 2013

    http://www.da-academy.org/DA_Constitution.html#chap2

    Everything you need to know about being elected President of Dominica – as this is going to be the case since the PM and the Opposition do not agree.

    What i find interesting is this section
    An election of the President at which the candidates shall be those of whose nomination the House has been informed by the Speaker, shall thereafter be held at the meeting of the House referred to in subsection (4) of this section (or if proceedings under section 22 of this Constitution are pending before the Court of Appeal, at a meeting of the House held as soon as is practicable after those proceedings) and the Speaker shall declare the candidate who has at that election received the votes of a majority of all the members of the House to have been duly elected:
    Provided that when the question of the election of the President is put to the vote, the votes shall be given by ballot in such manner as not to disclose how any particular member of the House votes.

    5A. Where the only candidate for election under subsection (5) of this section does not receive the votes of a majority of all the members of the House, the Speaker shall inform the House accordingly and a new election shall be held to which the provisions of subsection (4) and (5), mutatis mutandis, apply.

    My queation is – if the didn’t agree on a nominee…why didn’t the Opposition present a nominee to be elected in Parliament?

    that seems like a fair process – we can’t agree so we both submit choices and the nominees are voted upon and who gets the most votes win.

    Look at s.19 (5)(A) – Another interesting tidbit that says alot

    the Constitution gives room for everyone to have say!

    Dominicans fight about a Constitution and about the PM not obeying the Constitution, but I ask myself, ist he Opposition obeying it also?

    what bout hte provisions int he Constitution which allows them a say and the opportunity to present their own nominees for election to the Presidency?

  12. September 27, 2013

    Stand up now or you and your familly will pay with allu life later, the choice is yours

  13. Disciple
    September 27, 2013

    Dominicans, you can’t say that PM did not make his intentions known…”Executive President”. The nomination of the former minister indicates utter disrespect to all labourites. The man who orchestrated chaos and decimation of the labour party decades ago, is now going to be your president! Take that! When are you going to wake up and realize that these folks are masquerading as labourites. Once a Freedomite always a Freedomite.
    Freedomite as President, Freedomite as PM.

  14. UDOHREADYET
    September 27, 2013

    I think the people commenting here need to either review DA constitution or do whatever you need to in order to be informed. The President of Dominica is merely a figurehead he does not have any actual powers. He can only intervene on extreme matters and has no authority over the prime minister. Basically he’s Dominica’s representative to the crown. Also how can you call someone a dictator is he called early elections twice.

    • Jay
      September 27, 2013

      it is you, who needs to read the constitution and I would recommend you do. For a start we are a republic and the queen of of England is not our head of state. That is why we have a President who holds that position and who does not report to the queen, instead of a Governor.
      The Prime Minister is not our head of state and that is probably why he resents having a President occupying the highest office in the land instead of him.

    • Mojo 1
      September 27, 2013

      a couple of corrections:

      1. Dominica is a republic and has no direct ties to the ‘CROWN’. So your submission about the president as a representative to the crown is erroneous.

      2. The PM 1st term lasted 5½ year. 6 months overtime.

      So you should get yourself informed, before you ramble along aimlessly.

  15. Faceup
    September 27, 2013

    This man is a GETTING TO BE A CRAZY DICTATOR. SKERRO I have no respect for you as a Dominican !

  16. Anonymous
    September 27, 2013

    your net site is the worst and lowest form of journalism that exists: when people like you engage is toxin campaign and bias reporting they get nowhere in life. It is a disgrace the manner you have conveniently disregarded others point of view and print propaganda. In the end the intelligent people of Dominica will see you for who you and will stop reading your gutter news.

    Admin: Honestly, reader, we don’t have a clue as to what you’re talking about. Are you suggesting that DNO’s reporting of the statements made by Prime Minister Skerrit is propaganda?

  17. Anonymous
    September 27, 2013

    Don’t you all see what is happening? He wants a president that will offer him clemency when the time comes.

  18. Morihei Ueshiba
    September 27, 2013

    Charles Savarin can never be president, not after what he did to Uncle Flossie business, Never! :oops:

  19. k
    September 27, 2013

    Prime Minister Skerritt do u want history to repeat itself, I mean what happened May 1979. Come on remove your arrogant cap and be neutral.This action u have taken has shaken many labourites especially those from Portsmouth so please rethink of your action and ask Mr. Savarin to step down as the others did. If u do love Dominica let it remain a peaceful and tranquil island. Please remember that God is in charge not you.

  20. lol
    September 27, 2013

    Dominicans should teach Skerrit and Charles Savarin a lesson once and for all. Can you believe that $10 Million dollars is going to be spent on a “Modern Hospital” but $27 Million was spent on a Presidential Palace. I would have thought it would have been the other way around…10 for the palace and 27 for the hospital. Skerrit built a Palace like Saddam for himself and he looking to get someone to get him into the palace so hence Alix, Jennifer and now Savarin. Why not Conrad McIntyre, Edward Watty and P.N Griffin who have all acted President; Jeoffrey Harris, Emon DeFraitus, Alwin Bully, Dorothy Levy, Brian Alleyne, Julian Johnson or even Eluid Williams himself and a host of other prominent persons in the Dominican Society who could serve with Distinction but oh no…Skerrit wants someone to do his dirty work. Maybe Skerrit could consider Flossie Joseph instead of Savarin…atleast she could get some satisfaction after having been impacted by de “Constitutional Cool Warsh Brigade” You know what maybe Savarin want to pickup Clara and disappear in the middle of the night like Fred Degazon….”Those Who Do Not Remember The Past Are Condemned To Repeat It”

  21. September 27, 2013

    While we are laughing and making jokes, Skerrit is stealing Dominica right under our noses, and if we are not very careful, der will be some bloodshed in Dominica, sorry but its a fact, see it world over, where they got dictators, WE MUST REMOVE SKERRIT FROM OFFICE, thats only what that can save Dominica, go ahead hit the dislike botton :-D

  22. ok
    September 27, 2013

    u tell them skerrit!! no time for haters..catch me if u can. :mrgreen:

  23. warma
    September 27, 2013

    What does this man mean no debate is necessary? This is a democracy – the voice of the people matters. This attitude represents the heights of arrogance and contempt for the citizens of this country. It is reprehensible.

    • warmarer
      September 27, 2013

      our Prime Miminister is right, there are more important things to discuss….the opposition can keep talking..

      • faceup
        September 27, 2013

        Shut up !

      • Malgraysa
        September 27, 2013

        Yeah right, like intervening in business to give people free access to the Miss Wortld show ?!

  24. Y
    September 27, 2013

    The man has no respect for Dominicans.

  25. me
    September 27, 2013

    Of course, all my comments are still in moderation. They will be available when the article is archived.

    • snout pig
      September 27, 2013

      You know! That’s how they go on. skerrit’s mentality. DNO has a team with a bias mentality.

  26. ?
    September 27, 2013

    Dominicans created this monster by remaining quiet every time the laws of the land have been violated by the Prime Minister and others elected to serve the people. Whenever well-meaning people talk about our laws being disregarded some of you start bashing them and calling them haters of the Prime Minister. Take what all you get. Skerrit himself said in St. Kitts, “people get the government they permit.”

  27. tell me
    September 27, 2013

    DNO. What do you think of adding a chat room to your website?

    ADMIN: We tried it before but it never really worked.

    • Justice and Truth
      September 28, 2013

      A chat room for complaints would be a good idea.

  28. 1979
    September 27, 2013

    you know what is called “bad blood”??? there is alot of that in Dominica…. alot of HATRED harboured in the hearts of our people….ESPECIALLY YOUNG, POOR, UNEMPLOYED AND FRUSTRATED people who family, society and government have failed….

    people, plead with this man, that the gates of HELL should not be flung wide open in Dominica..Because I KNOW it’s not the old folks blood that will run in roseau…It’s the blood of the same young people that this AAAAAAAAAAAAAARRROOGANT man claims to love and serve….

    jus a little music playing at a local bar on a friday night and see the amount of creatures of the night that lurk….. Powder is the NEW FASHION and allllll the young idle men are dabbling in it…

    It is the blood of young people, the future of Dominica, that will coat the streets of Roseau if this man does not take heed…

    Lord I fall on my knees and Pray for my country…
    forgive my people, they know not what they do…

  29. open minded
    September 27, 2013

    DNO, Instead of using “Debate on Presidential nominee unnecessary…” as the subject matter here, to me it would have made more sense to say ” Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said he is an ADVOCATE for the country moving towards an EXECUTIVE PRESIDENT.”

    To me that would help even a blind person understand why: Debate on presidential nominee is unnecessary; why he nominated someone like Alix Bouyd Knights; why he now nominating Charles Savrin; why he spent $27 billion dollars on a state palace, why up to this day he has failed to make MOU with China known to the public and why he wanted his foreign friends as DPP.
    Folks, Dominica is in serious trouble and if we the sons and daughter of Dominica do not answer the call to “come ye forward” to rescue our country asap, too late shall be the cry. Anyways, when and if that does happen, do not blame Skerrit and please do not say like Ian, that he fooled us because he clearly made his intention known loudly and clearly.

  30. Anonymous
    September 27, 2013

    A A I find Skerrit come out. So we turn communist. He ain’t even want democracy to be expressed. U think is so eh Skerrit. U will make the rules at ur home but sorry the country is our own and we will express ourselves how and when we want. Shame on u…….

  31. Jill
    September 27, 2013

    The appointment of Savarin and the manner in which it is being done is nothing but an act of provocation by Skerrit.

  32. scotty
    September 27, 2013

    lol one thing i love about Prime Minister Skerrit.

    He brings to his level of governance and understanding of issues….”MOCKERY”

    Skero continue the mockery the people of dominica love your charm, they are in fact richer, their homes are brighter and overall happier, with your mockery mission.

  33. connie
    September 27, 2013

    haha, what dominicans you all speaking about..

    them folks are easily trapped fooled.

    that’s why they are rated the poorest in the eastern caribbean

  34. Whistler
    September 27, 2013

    This Prime Minister has the right to do whatever he wants..the citizens of dominica just continue to call Q95, Unions,NGOs and other policy makers continue to allow this to bear fruit in Dominica..

    The blames is pointed at the citizens of Dominica!

  35. Runawayslave
    September 27, 2013

    skerrit,boy be cearful what you say!!! Words are cheap,but they sometimes come back to hunt you.
    YOU can DO as much as YOU want;
    But YOU cannot Do as long as you want.
    GOD is in CONTROL my boy,be careful what you ask for.

  36. Anonymous
    September 27, 2013

    NO BRIAN ALLEYNE NO VOTE

  37. TJ
    September 27, 2013

    What happen to common sense? Can a current serving politician be objective? Resigning from office to immediately accept the presidency does not change the person. Come on people. This is a no brainer.

    There should be no debate on this one as it is an obvious lousy choice.

  38. carnation
    September 27, 2013

    “He is in charge not the President” this says it all. That’s why he want to get rid of Eluid and put Savarin so that he will get away with his s.

  39. September 27, 2013

    Lets move on from this “Linton having no education debate” John Majors was British prime minister from 1990 to 1997, he was Foreign Secretary and Finance Minister before that. He left school with 3 GCE “O” levels attained another 3 through correspondence courses after that Skerrit has a degree in English yet still he has to get some other people to write his speeches for him. He is a very poor debater with no “English” skills. Why wont he debate Lennox?. I am neither Labour nor UWP, instead I am a patriot of Dominica. Finally, like a previous poster said, a very knowledgeable lawyer told me 2 1/2 years ago, that the PM is building his new digs, namely the new State House. Look at what is happening to our country, look at this nonsense about the presidency, we get the type of leader we deserve. Is it just a coincidence that our closest allies are Cuba, China and Venezuela, Libya (before Gadhafi was deposed) the people of these countries know nothing about freedom and democracy so this is where we are heading.

  40. justice
    September 27, 2013

    I have no political preference but from how u going on now mr. pm i hope u don’t win next election. THE PEOPLE are who put you there..yoou should have the time to listen to what they are telling you..shame on you skerrit!

  41. BLUEVEX
    September 27, 2013

    I always thought that Dominica is one of the few real African countries in this hemisphere…why do you pay so much attention of the presidential election is the President in Dominica doesn’t have real political or administrative power and his role is to be more like decoration during parades etc. Why this fact provokes so many emotions? Isn’t something that serve purpose to distract your attention from real problems that plagues this island…

  42. Pondera
    September 27, 2013

    A blatant disregard to the spirit and letter of the constitution. And Charlo knows that too well. Please don’t let us look like there’s no proper option for President. A sad era for us in Dominica.

  43. pacem
    September 27, 2013

    “The debate over this thing is not necessary…”? So now, the office of President, the highest office in our country is now ‘This THING’???

  44. eyes wide open
    September 27, 2013

    i have supported the labour party for a few years and have decided never to vote again and the reason for saying so ,i have listen and read a few comments that the PM has said and he needs to cool off , Skerrit stop running the country like u have the first and last say ,dominica is our own and we have a right to decided wat we want too.some times feel like this nonsense have to stop.

  45. nel
    September 27, 2013

    I don’t know what has come over my Prime Minister, I am disappointed.

    • SISTER
      September 27, 2013

      Im very disappointed in my Prime Minister the President is not serving you he or she is suppose to serve the people and SAVARIN is not a good candidate looking back at his history of the 70s, 80s, and today think again as to what you are doing. Patrick John became so big that he started ignoring the very supporters who elected him and most of us know the end story. So my advice is stop and think of the circumstances.

    • More hot air
      September 27, 2013

      It’s called PRIDE.

  46. Cerberus
    September 27, 2013

    Our constitution stipulates that when the election of a President is put to the vote:
    “the votes shall be given by balloting in such a manner as not to disclose how any particular member of the House voted”
    The House must insist that this rule is adhered to to enable any member to cast his/her vote in accordance with their conscience and the wishes of the people they represent, without fear of reprisal.
    It is for this very reason this clause is enshrined in the constitution and a vote in this case, on the mere showing of hands is not acceptable.
    This is the last chance for our parliamentary representatives to pull the country back from the edge of the abyss we are facing. An abyss that will lead to our freedoms being shackled and bondage being established as the rule of law,
    ironically by an unholy alliance of ex Freedom party reprsentatives now masquerading under a cloak of caring socialism.

    May reason, decency and true democracy save our nation

  47. Observer
    September 27, 2013

    Sure!! That’s the way to go. Teach your kids to drop out of school and one day they’ll be President.

  48. Be honest
    September 27, 2013

    Please PM go read the qualifications of a President on the governments’s website then tell Dominicans in all honesty whether Charles Savarin fits the profile. Stop making a mockery of our constitution
    Visit http://presidentoffice.gov.dm/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3:the-personality-of-the-president&catid=15&Itemid=2. If

  49. grell
    September 27, 2013

    Skerrit you cant have it your way,the plane of the foreigners will not get you elected next time,obey the laws of the land my friend,the people are tired of your arrogance,we do not want Charles.

  50. KISAA
    September 27, 2013

    thanks for telling me what to do my supreme leader,most holy,most divine,greatest of the great 8)

  51. Just sayin'
    September 27, 2013

    I am confused. Why did we spend 27 million to build a palace for a person with no real purpose? Just give the PM a scissors to cut the ribbons, leave the Presidency vacant and turn the Malice into a proper library.

  52. Heavy
    September 27, 2013

    Prime Minister Skerrit grew up as a Freedomite. He was the president of the VilleCase Young Freedom Movement. Freedomites never had Dominica at heart. Their leaders were bent on keeping the children of the poor man as second class citizens. This mindset is still present today. A Freedomite is always a Freedomite regardless of what color he wears. The chickens are coming home to roost. Skerro must go.

  53. London
    September 27, 2013

    Did you read properly!!! I will draw it to your attention: “Although I am an advocate for the country moving towards having an executive president” This speaks volume.
    Beware Dominicans.

    • nel
      September 27, 2013

      So what if the country has an executive President? I don’t get your point really? I’m not in favor of the Prime Minister’s decision but this point has no substance.

      • dafriend
        September 27, 2013

        Just think who that first executive president might be – maybe that answers your question. Just in case you can not figure it out yourself I’ll help you in giving the initials RS.
        This is heading in the same direction as Russia. Putin jumping from the position of Prime Minister To President and back again.
        Dominicans be aware!!

    • ChewMyPocket
      September 27, 2013

      What you think the man building his Palace for nah? It’s not a home for the aged for sure

  54. Perfect
    September 27, 2013

    :) Well orchestrated. The first two were merely smoke screens.
    The responses were expected. Get READY!

  55. Views Expressed
    September 27, 2013

    There is NO need for Dominica to move to a Executive President…it is rubbish.
    There are more important issues facing Dominica that is of priority.
    That approach is NOT going to bring us good governance, development, end poverty, decency in government, just a show and polished media glitz
    It is rubbish…no need

  56. Views Expressed
    September 27, 2013

    Skerrit, you are talking absolute rubbish and what you have done is a disgrace to the constitution, to the office of President, a disgrace to our parliamentary democracy and decency and slap in the face of the Dominican people.
    It really demonstrate after over 10 years in politics the type of ridiculous politician you have become, low, undemocratic, disrespectful to us Dominicans and absolutely no respect.
    My God Alex Boyd Knight, Charles Savarin….this is of poor taste..
    Savarin should be ashamed of himself

    God Bless Dominica

  57. Pedro
    September 27, 2013

    Skerrit goal is to stay 50 years in office, despite what the people think or feel. He is well on his way, if the Dominican people continue to sell themselves into poverty by accepting election bribes.

    • September 27, 2013

      You all better vote before that happens, or before he does like Castro and Chavez. GO FIGURE.

  58. POSITIVELY DOMINICAN
    September 27, 2013

    THE PERSONALITY OF THE PRESIDENT IN THE COMMONWEALTH OF DOMINICA

    (Just a reminder Prime Minister Skeritt)

    The personality of the Head of State can be viewed from two main angles, the political arena and the public viewpoint.

    In the former instance the President must be NON-PARTISAN with a special endowment to be OBJECTIVE in coming to a resolution on any matter. He should be able to effect consensus between political parties when no one else can. HE IS A SYMBOL OF NATIONAL UNITY.

    Where the general public is concerned, the President has to be A ROLE MODEL A PERSON GREATLY ESTEEMED WITH EXCEPTIONAL MORAL RECTITUDE AND HIGH ETHICAL STANDARDS. He also has to be a person of intellectual capacity who will know what he does not know and knows where to seek knowledge.

    He must not be easily swayed by public opinion, but HAS THE ABILITY TO LISTEN AND WEIGH CAREFULLY WHAT IS PUT BEFORE HIM BEFORE HE ACTS.

    HE MUST NOT BE INSENSITIVE TO THE CAUSES OF THE PEOPLE.

    He should have the capacity TO BE AT EASE AT ALL LEVELS OF SOCIETY and at the same time EVERYBODY SHOULD FEEL COMFORTABLE WITH HIM without violating the dignity of the office.
    A President HAS TO BE A PEOPLE PERSON WHO IS SENSITIVE TO THE NEEDS AND ASPIRATIONS OF THE PEOPLE.
    HE MUST HAVE THE UNUSUAL ABILITY TO REPROVE PEOPLE WHEN THEY ARE WRONG, yet understanding that he must be the person who is merciful.

    He must understand the philosophies of the various societies, organizations and institutions that do so much to bring relief and show brotherly love. He must be humanitarian. He must be a public speaker WITH A PUBLIC IMAGE THAT IS ABOVE REPROACH.

    Certainly Prime Minister, shouldn’t Charles Savarin be discarded?

    A Concerned Dominican

  59. ZULU
    September 27, 2013

    Ok i give up. We have a PM who has lost his head. We cannot allow skerrit to continue breaking the rules and constitution in excercising his duties. Where is the AG and the rest of the ministers who swear to uphold the constitution.

    For the supporters who think that is ok i say be carefull. Skerrit alone does not run the country. There are permanent secretaries and other ministers of Gov. It should be a collection of individuals. Seems like mr. Roosvelt is the only one running things here and everything he says must go.

    This guy needs to step down. Disregard for the constitution by government is a dangerous proposition.

    • me
      September 27, 2013

      I am still trying to figure which part of the constitution that is being violated. Please enlighten me.

    • Ydobon
      September 27, 2013

      I fail to see how the nomination of Charles Saverin is against the constitution of Dominica….. as much as i do not agree with it, it is in no way against the constitution…..gimme a break…..

    • smdh
      September 27, 2013

      remember skerro have his puppet master behind him u no doh 4get those puppet or the puppet master in charge o. The puppet master and skerro no what dey getting so they cannot allow williams to b there and is not on their side..they do not want any nutral person is my way or u out..but severin is on his side so what u expect nor..those labourites when the wailing start i not there eh..doh come on my door eh

    • Creative
      September 27, 2013

      You are so right

  60. POSITIVELY DOMINICAN
    September 27, 2013

    THE PERSONALITY OF THE PRESIDENT IN THE COMMONWEALTH OF DOMINICA

    (Just a reminder Prime Minister Skeritt)

    The personality of the Head of State can be viewed from two main angles, the political arena and the public viewpoint.

    In the former instance the President must be non-partisan with a special endowment to be objective in coming to a resolution on any matter. He should be able to effect consensus between political parties when no one else can. He is a symbol of national unity.

    Where the general public is concerned, the President has to be a role model a person greatly esteemed with exceptional moral rectitude and high ethical standards. He also has to be a person of intellectual capacity who will know what he does not know and knows where to seek knowledge.

    He must not be easily swayed by public opinion, but has the ability to listen and weigh carefully what is put before him before he acts. He must not be insensitive to the causes of the people.

    He should have the capacity to be at ease at all levels of society and at the same time everybody should feel comfortable with him without violating the dignity of the office. A President has to be a people person who is sensitive to the needs and aspirations of the people. He must have the unusual ability to reprove people when they are wrong, yet understanding that he must be the person who is merciful.

    He must understand the philosophies of the various societies, organizations and institutions that do so much to bring relief and show brotherly love. He must be humanitarian. He must be a public speaker with a public image that is above reproach.

    Certainly Prime Minister, shouldn’t Charles Savarin be discarded?

    A Concerned Dominican

    • maindesk
      September 27, 2013

      Positively Dominican you should have informed the others that this is not your opinion but it is a statement written on the government’s website. They write it but do not follow it.

  61. Paro in Roseau
    September 27, 2013

    Skerrit keeps on playing with each and everyone’s emotion! He know exactly what he is doing and both Labourites and Workers on him like a Tic-Tac! That not years or decades ago when people were dumb! Now everybody have degree and plenty common sense! So Skerrit you need to go back in your office and reevaluate your options with your advisors!!! And tell Charlo I say go back to work! He to desolé to quit papa!

  62. Papa Dom
    September 27, 2013

    Now skerritt, let me first of all inform you that : the prime minister IS NOT in charge of running the country, the government is. Your statement is very telling though, as it reveals to us what we knew all along, that you are the one making all the decisions. Please note that you are not the one who decides what is or is not necessary the people of Dominica are. I know you think that you are “in charge” but may I remind you that you were elected to serve. It should be noted also that whatever the role , function or office is, however insignificant your little mind may consider it to be the fact that it is a creature of the constitution makes it very important. You seem to not understand that adherence to the constitution is an indication of ones inclination to conform to the rule of law generally. You dear friend has been weighed in the balance and found wanting, as a leader and an example to the youth. After all is just a splif so why should he/she not smoke in the public or its only five dollars I take wi the business won’t coolay because of that. What is missing there is the fact that what ever it is the law is the law and we should always respect it. So skerritt do us all a favour and please step aside to allow others to run the country as you said yourself the business of running the country is to much f

  63. Dominican
    September 27, 2013

    Three quarters of the Dominican population as well as world wide dropped out of school.Does that mean that governments around the world should not employ persons because of their lack of education.
    It takes all sorts to make a world the educated ones rides off the back of the malewe’s.
    Get a life leave politics to politicians, stop abusing your prime minister and mmebers of parliaments, try and craete your own jobs that is what life is about.
    The good Lord said “He help those who help themselves”. Let that be your prayers stop expecting people to do things for all you wake p.
    it appears that all all you good at is roro and negative vibes

  64. BRAIN DAMAGE
    September 27, 2013

    De PM, as a man maketh his bed so shall he sleep.
    What ever a man soweth, that shall he reap.
    Disappointed in you.

  65. This country
    September 27, 2013

    Dominica is a communist country already,can’t you all see that.All decisions are made and implemented by one man and the people are all saying “hail to king Skeritt”.thank god I left when I did….everyone talking and the people are poor and brokes and they still voting for this man…there might not even have another election….watch and see DUmmi..cans.

  66. Yam Babawoolais
    September 26, 2013

    Executive president huh – this is not the 70’s nor 80’s. Whatever you say or write is documented not by the brown nose historians but by every and anyone who have access to a computer.

    The people of Dominica need justice; the youth need to understand that the massive fraud and crimes committed against the state by ministers, lawyers, cabal should and must be accounted for and prosecuted. We the people of Dominica shall not accept any attempt at creating an executive president. No one is forcing any system down our throats just to create impunity for themselves – No frigging way.

    No justice no peace and if we do get a new administration they too must understand that if they don’t seek justice for the people of Dominica we will hold them accountable and vote your a%%% out.

    The online movement is unstoppable – the politicians are way too dumb to fully understand that the days of hiding behind their authority is no longer full proof; Like Reginald Austrie barking like a chiwawa and then running away; the director of audit chickening out when he heard that Thomson Fontaine is in the studio.

    We await themoment when a lot of people will have to either voluntarily submit the truth or will have to face the courts – the fake Villa owners, director of audit; cover up lawyers; money laundering lawyers; passport dealers; Petro Caribe and ancillary company operators DNP, PDV etc; family members with money hidden on their names. The drag net shall be put into action – nothing less is expected

  67. Justice and Truth
    September 26, 2013

    DNO I am wondering, is there something wrong with your Server? Or is someone tampering with the writing and changing letters? I have noticed this for sometime that some letters, after typing them correctly, change to a different letter. This occurs frequently and consistently. They are not typographical errors. They appear to be deliberately done.
    There are times a few letters are duplicated which I find strange.
    I am doubly checking the writing to ensure that the words are spelt correctly and they are not duplicated.
    One evening, while on your Website, my browser froze and would also move up and down and all over the page without my touching it. I was unable to go up and down the page of your article posted and to point to the letters to read and to comment.
    This occurred two consecutive times. I strongly felt that someone was manipulating it to a great extent to prevent me from commenting and hopefully make me close DNO’s Website.
    It was extremely annoying and disappointing. This strange phenomenon was surely not of my doing and on my end.
    Technicians are well-conversant with this type of occurrence and what may have caused it.
    Please investigate and have your technician check your Server and/or computer system.
    If the error is on your side, it is not fair to those who comment. I am hoping that it is not wilful. Would it also be discriminating?
    I informed someone who is well-versed with computer systems about it. The reply was: “That is strange!” It is strange indeed.
    I was advised to perform a security scan of my computer system. I will do this soon. I will also notify my computer Security about it and conduct a thorough scan.

    • 1979
      September 29, 2013

      even ur computer fed up with u commenting on DNO…

      THATS WHAT

  68. Justice and Truth
    September 26, 2013

    When some of you make up your mind to create discord, practice dislike and hatred, nothing good and encouraging which are stated could ever please you. I feel sorry for you. Mark my words.

  69. vexness
    September 26, 2013

    I wouldnt fuss over who is president or DPP…leave skerro, leave charlo in their row row, election is close let’s just wait to exercise our Democratic right at the polls…is there we strong :-D

  70. Concerned
    September 26, 2013

    It’s just a shame most labourers who are voting for Skerrit are not literate enough to understand the rubbishh tht comes out of Mr’s mouth. The others are either brainwashed or bribed.

  71. zammy
    September 26, 2013

    Its most certain that Dominica has gone way way down to the bottom of the barrel.Gone to the wolves! How come in such a democratic country, such a man like Charles severin can be President! Its a clear indicator that Dominica, may not have capable and better able men to be president. Look the Prime minister just woke up from a dream and nominates Charles Severin as President! With a track record as that of Charles Severin, what can qualifies him to be president! Imagine- this man who could never stand a chance of getting such high positions during Mamo’s time is now president elect! Seems to me that this Government gone clear, time to really and truly teach them a lesson! They have lost respect for the people so now saying that the people can go to hell! Its time to get Dominica back on the map, so get rid of them. ………
    Its more than ridiculous and insulting to just take out a man from National Security- none performance – and just place him over the people as president. Surely, the PM must come again, cause how on God’s earth will Severin will be able to defend the country….. This is not right and cannot be right!
    What are the people gonna do about this?
    What action will the educated Dominicans take?
    What will the Churches or religious denominations do about such sad state of affairs?
    When will Dominicans give this Government and its dictatorial tendencies a wake up call?
    Where on earth or in the Caribbean has such a thing taken place? Only Dominica, Only Dominica!
    Its very sad to see, the way in which Dominicans are being treated by their godfather- who in a mighty way – by trying to keep a failed minister of national security and a very very unpopular person just to make some more money- as President of the Commonwealth of Dominica!
    He is Labour President one would think……. Now the government labour, the president labour and its now time for more and more tears, poverty, wickedness, madness and harddd labour in Dominica.
    Dominica has been sentenced to life imprisonment with hard labour! Actsionnnnnnn in this Natsionnnnnnnn according to De president!
    Ammmmmmm Dreeaminggggggggg, wake me up when this nonsense is over! After all the pressure Dominicans have experienced under this man in the 70s ? Nahhhhhhhhhh! Its insulting and rude to see this man as President! He should be the president of the senior citizens association! Charles Saverin and the word president dont match! A persident without voice! a moumou! for the palace! Ants will bring me news about Dominica, cause everything is just failure failure, failure, failure: the capital of Dominica is failure as long as this failed government remains in power!

  72. Dori D
    September 26, 2013

    In my humble opinion, the DSP does not deserve another single day in office, woe to Dominica. That is not my wish. No, I am not a voter but as a Dominican who is concerned about the home front. I have to say that the reckless and lackadaisical “One Man show” is Ludicrous and the “People” have to stop that snafu.
    Dominica has caring and well intentioned people who must stand up and say “enough already” up and make their voices count through the ballot.
    I am going to keep the conversation alive and I will be calling out the folks who are quick to opine on matters that they are totally clueless but will jump in to defend the indefensible actions of the DSP.
    I am lost for words to describe what is going on in Dominica, but I am strongly inclined to know that my compatriots who are able to go to the ballot.
    I will remind us of the old proverb goes: “For want of a nail the shoe is lost, for want of a shoe the horse is lost, for want of a horse the rider is lost” (1640 George Herbert)

  73. Slim2on1
    September 26, 2013

    I have supported the labour party since i was small, but if we can’t read between these lines here we are done. I am done with this party people need to stop being for party and put country first. Just my 2cents. :(

  74. Anonymous
    September 26, 2013

    I think the original choice was always Mr. Savarin. The 2 ladies were just a distraction to waste time. Savarin can be easily manipulated and will be an easy choice for the position. Congrats, that was a clever game.

  75. Jill
    September 26, 2013

    Can somebody tell this guy that Dominica does not belong to his Anty?

  76. contact
    September 26, 2013

    i hope you read this mr pm.ask savarin why eugenia recalled him? charging for expeses that were illegal. check your history man.

  77. Anonymous
    September 26, 2013

    Skerrit gives a Freedomite who was responsible for destroying the Labour Party the presidency?

    Arwar, SKERRIT IS NO LABOURITE!!!. Remember he was in Young Freedom Movement.

  78. Anonymous
    September 26, 2013

    Any right thinking labourite, tell me.

    As genuine labourite, putting all things aside, is that what you would like to see and uphold?

    To see Charles Saverin, who the was responsible for crushhing and stoning a genuine Labour Government out of office the last time the were in office before, to see this same Saverin be rewarded with the presidency by a Labour Government?

    Let’s open our eyes. Magway sar!!!!

  79. dixxie
    September 26, 2013

    what the hell!! skerrit u making bad decisions !!!

  80. Awa
    September 26, 2013

    Skerrit, it’s time for you to GO!!!!

    • charlo
      September 26, 2013

      once more i want to take this upportunity to say let the president or the person who want that job go to the ballots for their votes its too easy their payment does not come from the pm salary.

    • olive Garden
      September 26, 2013

      Is Skerrit going insane,mad or senile?

    • kub
      September 27, 2013

      Way too go my PM, tell these jokers the way it is :mrgreen:

      • eyeswideshut
        September 27, 2013

        When it rains it rains on every roof so temper your joy. Skerrit and dictators like him througout history will terrorize some of their opponents,imprison them etc. But ignoramuses like you who blindly support them are the ones they condemn to slavery, demand their minor sons and daughters for sexual pleasure and keep in check most. Maybe you should grab a book and read about your impending fate!

      • Lixy
        September 27, 2013

        Hunny the joke is on you and your kind!! when allu free handouts start decreasing allu will sing a different tune.

      • Faceup
        September 27, 2013

        He must be giving you piece bread. Begger !!

    • September 27, 2013

      Make it happen. VOTE!

  81. Kryptonite
    September 26, 2013

    “Although I am an advocate for the country moving towards having an executive president”
    this is what that got my attention,i keep saying what is the prime minister up to because i can’t believe with all the so called phd’s serounding you
    to nominate a president you got in wrong three times.
    Now i know,dig your hole padna test Dominicans still.

    • 100% Dominican
      September 27, 2013

      Dear Kryptonite, believe me when I say that every move that Skeritt makes is thought out and planned……there are no mistakes in the action which he takes as they are all calculated moves!!! The question has to be why does he do this and where is he taking us, However, if one listens to the man, he tells us in his own words yet we questions his actions as if we do not believe that he is capable of such intentions!! He has said that he intends to be in power for the next fifty years!! He has also said that he does not see the President’s position at present as being of much relevance….. “Although I am an advocate for the country moving towards having an executive president but as it is now we have an executive prime minister and a head of state who acts mainly on the advice of the Prime Minister on several issues”. He therefore wants a President as in the case of the US, one who is in supreme command of the government and the land. It is therefore his intention to change the system which we now have and become Executive President once the system and the relevant laws have been changed!!! Think about it……

  82. Neg domnicque
    September 26, 2013

    Skerrit you are in charge of running the country on behalf of the people, so do the wish of the people and stop behaving like a boy with a toy his dad gave to him.

  83. Bouche cabrit
    September 26, 2013

    Objectivity, I find you have a fixation on Linton. You need to open your eyes and stop being so foolish. Is like you have calabash for brains! The same thing all you those so called Freedomites were fighting against labour for is what all you embracing now. Gutless fools begging for 30 pieces of silver. But CHANGE IS A MUST NOT AN OPTION. The movement has started. Dont forget Charles Savarin and freedomites stoned Labour out of office. Time alone will tell. How de hell a man can leave a politcal office as minister one day and be President the next. Go let Linton teach you about the constituion and what is right and what is wrong. He in all you face!!

    • Objectivity
      September 27, 2013

      Yes. I do have a fixation on Lennox Linton. He created when he attacked me on his radio program with no warning or facts.

      We are entitled to our own opinions – not our own set of facts.

      I will STOP Lennox Linton. He does no have the aptitude, nor the fortitude or the vision – to be PM of Dominica. Frankly speaking he is a puppet of Edison James – whom failed at PM

      It is my right as a Dominican.

  84. Anonymous
    September 26, 2013

    Skerries you are pathetic ,

  85. OMG
    September 26, 2013

    Mr PM
    You need to be a little more careful with what you say, where you say it and how you say it. That little speech was not a wise one

    On the other hand i think the plain truth is that we do not need a President, and maybe that’s just what you are trying to tell us.

    • Yam Babawoolais
      September 26, 2013

      Left on his own he will put his foot in his mouth every time. It is no wonder they treat the office of presidency penny.

  86. Glo Chaud
    September 26, 2013

    Debate not necessary eh? Executive president eh? you need a yes boy that will do you biding to change the constitution so you can live in the palace you build. The presidents role is not as ceremonious as you people want to think he has power where it is necessary especially as it relates to dissolving the house and election mele. Thank God I wear no uniform because I would break my hand before I salute Savarin.

    • olive Garden
      September 26, 2013

      That is exactly what Skerrit is looking for. A Yes Boy.
      Charles is singing for his supper so he will do whatever Skerrit says. Mrs. Lafond, enjoy your retirement in peace.You have been loved. Do not go looking for enemies now.
      Skerrit will not want Mr. Williams because he is not a yes boy.

  87. Yard fowl
    September 26, 2013

    Sir,

    You do not want to debate any important issues that are relevant to the governance of the country. You’ve made transparency an enemy of the governance of the nation and you’ve treated the citizens as second class. Take heed! You and the words you utter have become your worst enemy and subsequently, will aid in your downfall.

    The people are getting tired and disgust with your undemocratic behavior. Take heed, the writing is on the wall, your days as leader of the nation are numbered.

    Sincerely,
    Grand bay Yard fowl.

    • olive Garden
      September 26, 2013

      Is not he will not debate. He CANNOT debate.

  88. Anonymous
    September 26, 2013

    If there is know need to discuss the presidence, then why is it there should be a President when he has such a small task.

    • Justice and Truth
      September 26, 2013

      “no” need; “presidency”

      What he means is that stop wasting your time for it will do you no need. It is unnecessary.
      He is in charge; not you. Have respect.

  89. Anonymous
    September 26, 2013

    Well, Well, Well i must say day by day i am seeing dominica becoming a communist country. I really do not have a problem in the Prime Minister opinion but sometimes when he speak it’s like i am not bothered with the people of dominica and what i say goes inspite of how they feel.

  90. Lang Zor
    September 26, 2013

    When things hot so, I myself not commenting nuh….I see little children playing with gasoline and matches. Anytime now, BOOM….

  91. Ashamed
    September 26, 2013

    Skerrit is taking Dominica down a slippery slope. I prophesied after the last general elections that nothing but the blood of Dominicans will get Roosevelt Skerrit out of power. I hope, I dearly hope that this will not be so. I am beginning to get scared at the tone this thing is taking.

  92. My Constituency dyin
    September 26, 2013

    When will man ever learn? I wonder what drives a fool to think he can enjoy life by making himself a dictator over men. Castro is the only dictator who survived, and it was because he did not adorn himself with endless riches and live lavishly while his people scrunted. All other dictators have been brought down, and those still standing, are fighting to survive. Yet in the face of all this evidence of guaranteed doom, there are still fools who think things will turn out differently for them if they travel the same road doing the same wrong things as the failed dictators before them did.
    We all have known for a long time what Roosevelt Skerritt’s plan is, but let me ask of you especially his supporters, DO YOU THINK AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN IS GOING TO ALLOW A DICTATORSHIP WHICH MEANS COMMUNISM TO ESTABLISH HERE IN THE CARIBBEAN? I kinda would like to see that unfold just for the experience even though I know that will only happen when pigs have wings

  93. ROSEAU VALLEY
    September 26, 2013

    Mr. Skerrit, you are wrong. You may be able to fool those Dominicans who are suffering from “blind political loyalty to the DLP” or “political tribalism” according to your advisor Hartley Henry but not all right thinking Dominicans will be fooled.

    Sir, whereas the debate over your nominees for president, including those who were DISCARDED and the one to be DISCARDED is indeed unnecessary and should never have been occurred, it has become necessary in light of your repeated disrespect for our constitution and the people of Dominica.

    As per Section 19.1 of the constitution of Dominica, consultation is a requirement with a view to arriving at a consensus on a joint-nominee, which would eliminate, no only this current debate but the need for
    (i) parliament to meet;
    (ii) a 14 day window;
    (iii) nomination by the Opposition or three members of House and
    (iv) election in parliament

    Your continued disrespect for the constitution of Dominica is so deep rooted that you have actually declared that no law …no constitution will prevent you from doing what you want. Now you feel comfortable in declaring openly “there are other important things that should occupy your [wicked] mind over the next several days and weeks because essentially there are very few instances in the Constitution that allows the president to satisfy his discretion.” What does that statement mean?

    Clearly, in your opinion, too hell with the Presidency! Too hell with the constitution of Dominica! To hell with the people of Dominica!…it is PM Skerrit who is in-charge of running the country, not the president, since Dominica does not have an executive president. So that is what all this is about! Further, we note your use of the same word that you and your loud cronies have criticized Mr. James for using in a statesman-like manner, “in-charge”. So you are in-charge Sir? In a democracy, it is only the people who hold the true power-not those who think that they are in power. Good luck

    Respectfully
    Roseau Valley

    • Kawat Roseau
      September 26, 2013

      Dear Roseau Valley,
      Where or when did the PM say that no law no constitution can prevent him from doing what he wants? Do you Sir, know how a president is voted in/confirmed and who votes for a President?
      Kawat Roseau Central

    • octo
      September 27, 2013

      Voila Roseau Valley, you are the ultimate spin doctor. It is a fact that Mr. James was no statesman. Remember the Gonzales issue? Remember the Northeastern quarries issue? just to mention two.

  94. tym4achange
    September 26, 2013

    Eluid Williams all the way,

    • Mojo 1
      September 27, 2013

      Sadly Mr. Eluid blew his chance when he accepted to be elected to office without following the constitutionally stipulated procedures. He appears to have much of the criterion to be presidential, however you must admit he displayed some poor judgement from the onset despite much request for him to have ‘done the right thing’ at the time.

  95. Anonymous
    September 26, 2013

    Its a shame that Charles Saverin is being appointed President, This is the same man in the 70’s who rallied citizens to harass the Prime minister Patrick John and government ministers while going up the stairs to the house of assembly and who called all civil servants out on strike for 32 days, Yes the country was shut down for 32 days. Yes I was in Dominica, it was a scary time for us. All along Charles Saverin was looking out for himself and he is in full support of the things he denounced of Patrick John’s government.

    • Woman to de bone
      September 27, 2013

      Get your facts straight Anonymous and if you were honest with your self you would know that Savarin WAS NOT the only one involved. About 90% of Dcans were involved

  96. Mr Lee
    September 26, 2013

    I always thought that Dominica is one of the few real African countries in this hemisphere…why do you pay so much attention of the presidential election is the President in Dominica doesn’t have real political or administrative power and his role is to be more like decoration during parades etc. Why this fact provokes so many emotions? Isn’t something that serve purpose to distract your attention from real problems that plagues this island…

    • Juan Pablo
      September 26, 2013

      Bravo you hit the nail right on the head…its roro we like…we don’t learn

      • Not a herd follower
        September 26, 2013

        The reason why we are making the election of a President an issue is that the Prime Minister, who took an oath to uphold and protect the Constitution, is violating it. You know that but you are deliberately seeking to divert attention from the wrongs of the Prime Minister. Be honest, man. Put the Constitution and Dominica first.

    • Shameless
      September 26, 2013

      “Its better to keep your mouth shut and be perceived as a genius than to open it and remove all doubt”. Hopefully you got the message but “Change Must Come”.

      Assertive, NOT Agressive! :twisted:

      • Agreed
        September 27, 2013

        I so agree with you the single word for this is “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” meaning this

        “something to say when you have nothing to say” If you don’t understand what you are talking about why are you commenting at all. I say tell the current PM to call GENERAL ELECTIONS NOW AND HE WILL KNOW WHAT TIME IT IS.

    • no name
      September 27, 2013

      If you are an African I am not, I am a DOMINICAN and one with sense

      • cousin of Mr Lee
        September 27, 2013

        well African meaning that Dominica has the same type of mentality and behavioral patterns. Remember Liberian slogan: He killed my ma, he killed my pa, but I will vote for him…
        Same here – whatever your leader does or did – you will vote for him..why? Because majority of Dominicans vote based not on their judgement or facts..but on purely emotions, gossips etc…so the candidate who has more trucks with louder speakers, more singers,more slutty chicks to shake their a###, more cheap drinks to give to crowds etc etc…this one wins not the one who able to make positive changes….so don’t tell that island isnt African

    • Lixy
      September 27, 2013

      It may seem decorative, but the president actually has a lot of say when it comes to the leadership of the country. We might not utilise him as we should but there is a reason why he is there. I have worked in the Office of the President and I believe that we Dominicans should re-evaluate our thinking and start researching instead of just eating what we are being spoon fed.

    • Malgraysa
      September 27, 2013

      Oh so, that is why Zimbabwe is in the state it is in? tyrany by black people on black people is what you are advocating?

  97. take your time
    September 26, 2013

    I would like to know which part of the constitution has Skerrit violated this time. Or is there a clause in the constitution that says that the president must be a popular person? I would also like you all to tell me which president of Dominica was non partisan. Which government, including the UWP ever appointed a president in Dominica whose affiliation was not with the ruling party. God honors honesty. He sees the motives of every heart and He hates ugly

    • fair play
      September 26, 2013

      Perhaps you should read the constitution,then you would find the answer

      • me
        September 27, 2013

        How come this is the only answer you all give. We cannot read well please point it out.

    • AA
      September 27, 2013

      There is a difference between being OPENLY PARTISAN and DISCREETLY PARTISAN.

  98. Enough is enough
    September 26, 2013

    Mr PM, you have made this debate absolutely necessary as you have completely ignored the most important qualities of the president highlighted on the website of the office of the president. Please visit http://presidentoffice.gov.dm/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3:the-personality-of-the-president&catid=15&Itemid=2. Once you begin reading you will note that your current nominee is immediately disqualified “In the former instance the President must be non-partisan with a special endowment to be objective in coming to a resolution on any matter. He should be able to effect consensus between political parties when no one else can. He is a symbol of national unity.” Shame on you for continuing to insult the people of Dominica.

    • ROSEAU VALLEY
      September 26, 2013

      Thank you for sharing this. This is very insightful and powerful. That is what we were missing in the debate.

      The President mu be :
      – non-partisan with a special endowment to be objective in coming to a resolution on any matter.
      – able to effect consensus between political parties when no one else can. He is a symbol of national unity.
      – a role model, a person greatly esteemed with exceptional moral rectitude and high ethical standards.
      – a person of intellectual capacity who will know what he does not know and knows where to seek knowledge.
      – easily swayed by public opinion, but has the ability to listen and weigh carefully what is put before him before he acts.
      – insensitive to the causes of the people.
      – or have the capacity to be at ease at all levels of society and at the same time everybody should feel comfortable with him without violating the dignity of the office.
      – a people person who is sensitive to the needs and aspirations of the people.
      – able to reprove people when they are wrong, yet understanding that he must be the person who is merciful.
      – able to understand the philosophies of the various societies, organizations and institutions that do so much to bring relief and show brotherly love.
      – a humanitarian.
      – a public speaker with a public image that is above reproach

      Does Alix or Saverin meet the above? NO

      Respectfully
      Roseau Valley

      • Anonymous
        September 27, 2013

        Mr. M you think you too intelligent. We already know all what you’re saying. Charlo will still be president. Eat your heart out.

    • me
      September 27, 2013

      Which one of these requirements are you questioning?

  99. CIA on the Watch
    September 26, 2013

    This Hon Prime Minister need to feel the weight of the Dominican masses, if this nominee stands as THE PRESIDENT OF DOMINICA I must say that will be the wishes of the masses. UNBELIEVABLE IN 2013

  100. Truth
    September 26, 2013

    Of course a debate is unnecessary.

    He is a high school dropout and therefore you cannot justify the choice

    • Lixy
      September 27, 2013

      We all made mistakes when we were young…I hope u self have 9 CXC 1’s. cause allu keep repeating that the man is a high school drop out. this is just a reminder of how we are stuck in the past, we keep bringing up the past…buck the hell up….its not about what he WAS its about what WILL BE!!

      • Lil
        September 27, 2013

        Lixy, uuum, are you taking about Savarin or Linton? Cause I am still waiting on Savarin’s academic qualifications (like when we saw Ms. Knight’s own).

  101. forreal
    September 26, 2013

    if eddison james was nominated for the president,would it stand lennox?what is amusing about this whole issue,is the president role,is reallly a poster frame role,the position is not real,with all that hoorah by the opposition,like the man said in his own words,no one influences what direction the primeminister of the country,take the country,the opposition here should be called,the resistance,vive le france,because i wake up and wonder,if germany invade dominica,wake up and smell the coffee,cools never had any say,when we had premiers,he was only the queen representative.

    • ayatollahkhomeni
      September 26, 2013

      As you write that diatribe ask yourself if the position of president is so insignificant and largley ceremonious why are all these people to eager to sit on the throne. Why would charlo a power hungry antagonist resign his position as a minister with all kinds of perks to be in an insignificant posts. Some of you are so damn wicked you will grab at straws for a defense or simply parrot what your masters say.

      • Lil
        September 27, 2013

        @ayatollahkhomeni…I have been saying this over and over and wondering why it isn’t easy for Dominicans to pick up on. To me the contradictory words and actions are so obvious. If Knight and Savarin are soooo qualified, then why take them from their area of ‘productivity’ and place them in an “insignificant post” or “one with less power” as the PM and his supporters are trying to argue. Maybe I am seeing too much, but I really don’t think so.

    • Malgraysa
      September 27, 2013

      If If If! garson, if my my uncle was a woman he would be my aunty. It is not Edison James , who is nominated but Charles Savarin. Stick to the point.

  102. WATCHMAN
    September 26, 2013

    look clearly at the words ” The Prime Minister is in charge NOT a president”

    So look out NO constitution; after election God forbid Red Party win; to hell with the voiceless he will be send on maternity leave together with the position and thus here comes PaPaDuc!!!!!!

  103. Nac Vibes
    September 26, 2013

    Well it seems Dominica is determined to be the next Syria.

    • New Generation 2025
      September 26, 2013

      with ONLY communist leaders penetrating our system via Skerrit…yes it will turn like syria..i say that to my parents everyday.vote for him again.power go to his head,continue treating ppl like rubbish…wait for it Dominicans.

      • Justice and Truth
        September 26, 2013

        Dominica is a country; not a person.

      • me
        September 27, 2013

        It does not matter how many times you say it that does not make it true, Dominica is a true democracy.

  104. Lougaoo Mem
    September 26, 2013

    This gentleman doesn’t deserve another term in office. His undemocratic behavior in the governance of the country is evidently clear that he is unable to manage the nominations of constitutional positions. His dismal record as Prime minister coupled with numerous allegations of corruption will definitely etch in stone as part of his legacy.

    This is not a Coconut Republic or an estate run by one man or his family. His parliamentarians ought to stand firm for what is constitutionally right, and not be a carbon copy for the nonsense that has been taking place in the country. As far as I see, those in the House who are unable to follow the constitution should be voted out of office.

    • September 26, 2013

      GO OUT AND VOTE.

      I do not believe anyone should be in CONTROL for such a long period of time. Personally, although I do not know Lennox, I do not believe he, Lennox, is qualified for the position. We cannot just say “we need a replacement” we should chose CAREFULLY. Is there anyone else that can run the Country more effectively? There are TOO MANY DISCREPANCIES.

      • Malgraysa
        September 27, 2013

        You are contradicting yourself brother in the same sentence. You say you do not know Lennox but at the same time you say you do not believe he is qualified That does not make sense, even to a simple person like me.

  105. September 26, 2013

    “When questioned about nominating the present President, Eluid Williams, the Prime Minister explained that Williams only served the balance of President Nicholas Liverpool’s term.”

    Should that appointment not take precedence over a person with little or no experience?

  106. happy
    September 26, 2013

    He right!!!! No debate… just action!!! protest!! Riot!!! Skerrit must go!!! This is the final nail in the coffin…. from londondary str8 to d white house!!! enough is enough!!!

    • listener
      September 26, 2013

      Happy ! did you say white house? whay papa ,after all was said and done,shame.

    • ME
      September 26, 2013

      Why is DNO publishing the call of someone who is asking for riot? This is very irresponsible!

  107. Jbfox
    September 26, 2013

    It’s time u stand and do what u have to do and move on.End of debate.

  108. freedomite
    September 26, 2013

    Dem Door Glasses should protest… they eating their vomit… flossie for president, look roro

  109. Jayson
    September 26, 2013

    “Although I am an advocate for the country moving towards having an executive president…”

    You’d have to be deaf dumb and blind not to realize that Mr. Skerrit is looking for the position of President as soon as this is established. This was probably his goal all along…!

    It looks like Chavez trained him in his image and likeness!

    • fair play
      September 26, 2013

      Think ??The speaker rules the house
      The A.G. rules the Law
      The Executive President Rules.
      The ingredients for a DICTATOR.

      Who has attempted to make these appointments

    • New Generation 2025
      September 26, 2013

      your very smart

    • ayatollahkhomeni
      September 26, 2013

      You are so right! That’s what he wants. Someobody who knows Skerrit very very well told me about 2 years ago that state palace will be Skerrits home. I said no he can’t do that. Recently the person said to me so you all believe Skerrit went through all that trouble to build a palace for some senior citizen to live? And further drew my attention to the PMs comment about the state of his residence in morne bruce even though the state had paid so much for renovations. When this president fiasco started the person said he is moving towards executive presidency either by votes or by creating unrest and imposing marshall law I started to take note. Then to hear Skerrit say the very thing I went numb. Its time for skerrit to move into the palace and he’s trying to find a way to do it with a public excuse to his fan base. Mr skerrit you never intended for anyone else to live in that palace but you and you truly believe you should rule Dominica for 50 more years then pass on to your sons. Now to those who will dimiss this, pay attention to Skerrit behaviour. He’s agitated, he’s restless and the time has come… I wish I had paid more attention a while back.

      • Justice and Truth
        September 26, 2013

        Ensure that you are correct. Otherwise what you stated are unfounded accusations.

      • Juan Pablo
        September 26, 2013

        Hello Blessing…real conspiracy…lol

  110. freedomite
    September 26, 2013

    Take that possie labarites… all u did not want him 4 parl rep but skerrit just make charlo president just like that :lol: :lol: :lol: look roro

  111. K
    September 26, 2013

    Yes Mr. Dictator. No constitution, no law can stop you! All I can say is, that is a very wrong move.

  112. papa
    September 26, 2013

    to me the President should not be involved in any party politics or have represented any political party!

    • September 26, 2013

      A President, unlike the Prime Minister, should not be hand picked. I thought there was a process to follow.

  113. Objectivity
    September 26, 2013

    I made a comment earlier on the article that Lennox say this will not stand – but DNO editors still have it awaiting moderation three or four hours later while others’ comments are posted: thus I will write the same here, not word for word, but close:

    That kettle Linton calling Charlo the pot black. But the pot have a high school diploma while the kettle still repeating third form – screaming at his teachers. Oh, wait – Charlo was a teacher … Linton still have not yet graduated from being a student. It must be a conspiracy.

    Charlo – please let Linton graduate – he need his high school diploma.

    On a serious note.

    I am born a Freedomite; like Saverin, like Skerrit: we born in freedom and we are Labor!

    Charles will make a great President. Unlike Linton – he graduated from High School.

    He has served his country well, and, he has always shown leadership. As a Freedomite – I will ally myself with my enemy to defeat Lennox Linton – because I know Lennox; he has a temper, he always bullied in class, like he later did on the radio, he is also not so smart and worst of all – he does not have the aptitude to be PM.

    A high school drop out will not stand as PM.

    Like many other born Freedomites – we are Labor.

    Obviously – a bunch of self-righteous individuals along with partisan UWP supporters may oppose – but we the majority of patriotic citizens along with born Labor supporters will dispose their opposition and elect a deserving Dominican in Charles Saverin as the new President of the homeland.

    I am – with several of his classmates – and a few of his radio victims – we are writing an expose of Mr. Linton. Saverin has stood for us. Linton – that cowardice radio bully will never stand.

    Charles Saverin will stand as President

    Peace! Again.

    • Observer
      September 26, 2013

      Objectivity you sound like a ‘hater’ to me….going back to Linton’s school days? Like, seriously? Tell us the truth, Objectivity. If doctor Phil were to asses you, he would surely find a bitter individual who is dissatisfied with what and who he has grown up to be. Poor jab! ‘Deserving Dominican as Charles Savarin’? It turns my stomach to hear Charles Savarin and ‘deserving Dominican’ mentioned in the same phrase. This man is a narcissistic, self righteous, GREEDY excuse for a leader who has no intention of uniting our people in Dominica. He called for a boycott the other day, his target being OD Brisbane. Hmm….a president who’s wrenching the food from our children’s mouths….who clearly has strong affiliation with the labour party….Are we to expect this man to represent our Dominica as anything but a corrupt labourite?

      It’s amazing how far Skerrit has taken this….makes one wonder how much further he will take it. Now is the time, Dominicans, to stand up against this! We have democratic rights and we CAN and WILL prevent this from happening. YES WE CAN! We can change this nonsense!

      • Seriously
        September 26, 2013

        Observer – it sounds to me that you are the hater – of Charles Saverin.

        Lennox Linton has made a career of being a hater on his radio bullying program. Doc Phil is an American speaking to the un-educated and making money at it; good for him.

        Only a partisan hater can write what you wrote: “It turns my stomach to hear Charles Savarin and ‘deserving Dominican’ mentioned in the same phrase. This man is a narcissistic, self righteous, GREEDY excuse for a leader”

        Again, another instance of Pot calling Kettle black.

      • get ur facts
        September 26, 2013

        for your information since in the time of workers Jerry trying to close brizee mart! I was there. I can tell u long he wantd to end that place ask Mr ROyer, Mr Harris, Mr George Mrs. Green or susan they can tell u

      • Justice and Truth
        September 26, 2013

        Are you not a hater of the PM? Note your (the) consistent charade of negativity of adverse words against the PM. If this is not hate and inciting hatred, encouraging others to do likewise, what is it? Once again, the pot calling the kettle black.

    • concerned
      September 26, 2013

      Be fair. If UWP was in power and had asked Edison James to resign as a member of Parliament to be President. All labourites would describe this as unethical and disgraceful. I am a DLP supporter and i want my PM to get of his high horse and see the precedence he is setting. He is bringing the office of President into disrepute.

      A President who is the custodian of the constitution cannot be out in Politics castigating the opposition today and be made President tomorrow.

      God hate unethical and disgraceful Acts. Is that how we describe God as been good all the time. Fire burn theses kind of decisions

      • Dominiquen
        September 26, 2013

        You are not a Labourite!!!

      • me
        September 27, 2013

        In other words you can be a supporter of the ruling party as long as you are not public about it. This , my friend, is even worst because when people know your political affiliation you are under closer scrutinity. uwp game is that they would like to infiltrate the labour party by having a uwp supporter as President. This should not stand. When they were in power they had a uwp supporter as president. Call a spade a spade. It does not matter how well you try to disguise it, it is still a spade.

    • September 26, 2013

      Objectivity I understand how you feel because when someone like you looses your PM you will also loose your monthly hand out package and that makes your shake in your boots well I’m saying to you the Costitution doesnt belong to Lennox, Skerrit, Charles or even you it belongs to every D’ican in and out of Dominica so bashing Lennox will not help you because you and PM is going down and for you to tell us that Charles Savarin behavour in the house and on the air is acceptable to you well it is not for us and we will fight.
      And if you dont understand what YES WE CAN stand for dont say it.

      • Objectivity
        September 27, 2013

        Yeah – but the taxes of off my income – probably pay your salary.

        Go figure!

    • September 26, 2013

      One do not have to graduate with a high school diploma to have common sense. One can have a GED and still be more profitable; however, we should not vote because of our liking toward someone, we should vote because the person we are voting for can make a DIFFERENCE.

    • Objectivity
      September 27, 2013

      To Owner of DNO:

      What – Dominica News Online is now United Workers Party News Online?

      DNO – you are a news organization – hiding opinions is not your job. DNO should be OBJECTIVE, impartial, neutral and report with integrity.

      What character are you – DNO?

      A partisan organ? Or an independent news outlet?

      I can always stop reading your outlet – and chose others. Remember, you are running a business – you need readers and clicks to drive up your advertising revenue.

      If DNO chooses to be UWP NewsOnline instead of DominicaNewsOnline – I will have my business associates pull ALL our advertising or business to DNO.

      ADMIN: We have absolutely no idea what you are talking about. IF you talking about “hiding opinion” then you are probably talking about ‘comment rating.’ Comment rating is a plug in by WordPress. If a comment has x amount of dislikes it is automatically hidden based on the programing of the plug in by WordPress. We have absolutely no control over it. You are free to go somewhere else if you want. We don’t think your wise business associates will want to pull their advertising from a site that gets the most unique hits in Dominica. That would not be a smart business decision.

      • 1979
        September 29, 2013

        u have time answer that??? stupes…

  114. Bonnie
    September 26, 2013

    I agree. It’s time to move on and who vex, vex! If Spags and Linton want, they can go throw stones in the sea and will make them feel better. This is just too ridiculous.

    • September 26, 2013

      Bonnie you a the one that is ridicuious because if you dont want to loose your hand out just say so but dont get people who care about their and rule of law.

  115. 1 800 Anonymous
    September 26, 2013

    Are we under a Dictatorship rule?

    Why should the people not have a say in who should be President of the country?

  116. law and order
    September 26, 2013

    The PM is wrong on that one. Why not re-appoint Mr. Williams. Dominicans need to oppose this,this is wrong, wrong, or the country, and the PM should not walk rough shod over the people, this is unconstitutional and dictatorial. Dominicans look out.

  117. Doc. Love
    September 26, 2013

    If by a miracle Skeritt wins the next General Elections, the constitution will be changed and Skeritt will become the first Executive President. :mrgreen:

    • fair play
      September 26, 2013

      Skeritt will not wait for the next election.he still has lot’s of time to manipulate the house

    • not a miracle
      September 26, 2013

      Skerrit will win the next election! Really do you see a competent team in the workers party firstly, Roseau central gone to allo and if marigotians and Salisburians are thinking beyond colours its time to get back to labour! Your campaigning maybe just began but ours was started 2 days after the last election because we never give up nor stop working for our country’s development and success! Labourites are the new workers and workers have become the party of talkers, walkers and boycotters! Maybe that just your nature because since all the hardworking workers like timothy left workers went down the drain.

      • September 26, 2013

        If everyone was thinking beyond colours the red party wod be gone. Toulon would not get one vote, johno from castle rice would be gone , the guy from kalinago would be gone. The rotweilder and mAtthew gone. Ambrose gone. The one from valley gone. Grand fond gone. Labour would be do e!!! Period

      • Papa Dom
        September 27, 2013

        People like you are happy that you can stay behind your device and write crap without being properly challenged. I guess you are enjoying the good of the land thanks to skerritt so carry on, I’ll just say this “what does it profit a man”

      • Anonymous
        September 27, 2013

        Since when dominicans vote for competent team? workers get your head off the sand, until you all can do that skerrit will reign forever :mrgreen:

      • BLUEVEX
        September 27, 2013

        YES TELL IT TO THEM 18-3

    • listener
      September 26, 2013

      Doctor love ,I think you have it all wrong the miracle is if uwp win the general election ,you remember the score nuh? 18/3 ,when will you get it into your heads that Dominicans doesn’t want uwp?.

      • BRAIN DAMAGE
        September 27, 2013

        Don’t worry too much, “Listener” The Freedom Party had it once upon a time as 17/4, where is the party? Singing sanky still? Dead and burried.
        So will the Skerrit labar party!

      • DA style
        September 27, 2013

        Listener are you really listening to yourself. I
        am a labour party supporter but this move will not do. It has nothinf to do with who won 18/3. This has to do with someone who is not suitable to be the president and the very people who he is supposed to serve do not agree. It is everyone’s democratic right to agree or disagree on issues which affect them. I am telling the prime minister that if Savrin is made president he will be losing 15 votes next election and I am serious. SAVRIN WILL NOT DO!!!

  118. blackheartman
    September 26, 2013

    How can debate on such an important issue be unnecessary in a democracy..statements like these that are constantly been made by the pm baffles….debate is the foundation of any working democracy

    • Lixy
      September 27, 2013

      And he states that “There are other important things that should occupy my mind over the next several days and weeks”…..total utter disrespect. Like these issues are to low for his mind. He is so busy dealing with other things that Our shit isn’t important enough for him.

  119. Huh
    September 26, 2013

    Skeritt needs to humble himself. He needs to follow the constitution of the land and stop being arrogant and disrespectful. I was undecided as to who to vote for but the more and more that I see how Skerritt is behaving that is one party I will not be voting for..I guess he figure no matter what he does he will still win election, good luck to you sir…

  120. malgraysa
    September 26, 2013

    How arrogant can one get?

  121. Asterix
    September 26, 2013

    And I quote “Although I am an advocate for the country moving towards having an executive president.” My people BEWARE, BE WARNED. skerrit is making his intentions known. All this machinations of presidential nominees like alix, Ms.Lafond and charles, are just a precursor of what is to come. Surely the palace wasn’t built for Eluid Williams, alix or charles. We can see clearly now (and we were warned long before today of it) that the insistence of mr. skerrit to build such a costly palace in a country scarce of financial resources despite public outcry, was for no other reason than his own personal desire to house himself some day in an elaborate mansion as the executive president of Dominica.

  122. Ship is Sinking
    September 26, 2013

    Way papa, Charles Savarin is the Best Dominica has to offer the world. Charlo, I agree! You did finally marry the girl. You aspire to become Prime Minister it did not happened, the closest thing to be Prime Minister, now you are on the way to be President. Garcon, you are like a revolving door.

  123. 4u2c
    September 26, 2013

    PM what is so wrong in following the constitution? You cannot be too busy to follow the constitution. What is wrong with you? Respect the constitution and you will be respected!!

    • me
      September 27, 2013

      Because some people are using the constitution to create mischief.

  124. Listening!!!
    September 26, 2013

    Skerrit I see baby-doc expression all in your face. People ask the Haitians in Dominican about the years of suffering in their country up to today because of baby-doc and his father Papa-doc.

  125. Not a herd follower
    September 26, 2013

    Why the media in Dominica so timid? Skerrit should be asked why is he not observing due process as required by the Constitution? He should have been asked did he consult with the Leader of the Opposition.

    There’s a very telling statement in Skerrit’s statement. He says he wants an Executive President. Is it his plan to put a yes boy in the Presidency so that he can have his ultimate wish to be the Executive President of Dominica? Charles Savarin will do Skerrit’s bidding because his daily bread depends on the sinecure of Skerrit.

    Why is the Constitutional lawyer Tony Astaphan not commenting on this breach of the Constitution by the government?

    • not a miracle
      September 26, 2013

      Obviously! Because there is no constitutional breach!1

  126. Channel 1
    September 26, 2013

    All you pay attention. Look Roosevelt Skerrit say he is an advocate for Dominica moving towards having an executive president.

    So it seems as if mister really have plans to become de………………

  127. psalms 23
    September 26, 2013

    well said

    • Bee
      September 26, 2013

      .Your psalm 23 must begin…… skerrit is your shepard and thanks to the red clinic you will never want

    • me
      September 27, 2013

      well said. and this gets a low rating. Makes you wonder.

  128. Juan Pablo
    September 26, 2013

    Nice tie and suit combination

    • Anonymous
      September 26, 2013

      Juan on such a serious issue you are commenting on the man’s tie. How shallow. Well I think something seems extremely fishy. Of all the competent men and women in Dominica the PM had to force Mr Severin to resign in order to become President. The PM seems very limited in his decisions and choices. Well I think karma is near for Mr Savarin who led the stone brigade of removing a President in the 70s. I was too young to understand everything at the time. But I remember the caous in The city where I was born and raised. The PM wod not have experiences it. He was in Vieille case at the time. My mom had to hide her children under the bed when stones and bullets were ringing at the yard of mix school and cork street. It is will indeed be a sad day for all those who experienced these traumatic days of stones bullets fire and looting in the streets of Roseau when charles sacarin becomes the head of state. We could not go in the shop or to school. Hospital was closed. Nurses did not work all because of this one man. I am in tears just to imagine this man being our head of state. Shame Mr Skerrit for having such poor judgement. Shame shame shame shame. !!!! This decision will be your downfall. Mark my words. God be with you sir.

      • Anonymous
        September 26, 2013

        I agree with you. I am a nurse and was in Dominica at the time of that incident. It was a scary period in our lives. That same Charles Saverin who denounced Patrick John is now glorifying the same things, The country was shut down for 32 days, Shame on Charles Saverin

      • Anonymous
        September 26, 2013

        he shut down the island for 47 days today he is loyal king waw

      • Juan Pablo
        September 26, 2013

        This is exactly it…such small matters, you guys are making a mountain out of a mole hill…if Lennox can vie for Prime Minister of Dominica, anybody can be president…

        Stop the press run for the hill…the end of the world is about to start…charlo for President

        Isn’t the same argument I heard for Eluid Williams…you all don’t learn

      • not a miraclehttp://
        September 26, 2013

        can’t blame the man for defending his workers right! now at every comment you all speak of his great and achieving leadership! He would make a great president! I wish Thomas letang and Celia Nicholas were a little like charlo that way we would have gotten a better pay raise

      • Justice and Truth
        September 26, 2013

        Some of you work yourself up for nothing, creating a storm in a teapot. Why do you not leave well alone?

    • Roseau Woman
      September 26, 2013

      Juan this is such an important issue and the only comment you can come up with is about the man’s tie? How shallow. Your thoughts seems to be as shallow as the PM’s. Of all the good men in Dominica it had to take a Minister to resign to become a President? Something is wrong with that. It will be a sad day for the people of Roseau who experienced the terror of Charles Savarin’s stone brigade in the streets of Roseau in the 70s, when CS becomes the highest office of the land. I am in tears just remembering the sheer terror when stones and bullets were ringing behind the mix school wall and Karam. The streets of Roseau was chaos!! stones fire looting burning of cars, forcing persons out of their business placing and destroying their goods; drums of oil, sugar rice, flour were thrown in the streets. God knows how we suffered. schools were closed, hospitals closed, gabbage on the streeets and no one to collect. My mom make tea without sugar, our father had to put himself in harms way to find food for his six children. It was bad!!! very bad! and it was led by Charles Savarin. However karma has a way of knocking on people’s door. I wish Mr Savarin luck in his reign as President. God is not a Police.

    • Objectivity
      September 27, 2013

      Really DNO? You guys serious. DNO hide “Nice tie and suit combination”

      Is this UWP News Online?

  129. Free Thinker
    September 26, 2013

    I smell dictatorship …… Dominicans Watch out!!

    • real possie
      September 26, 2013

      @ Free Thinker the blue Q paint u been sniffing for to long thats what u smelling go ahead dno let it modarate for 36hrs.

    • anonymous
      September 26, 2013

      Why don’t you go down on your knees and pray that we don’t get a dictatorship instead of calling it on Dominica.smdh

      • Asterix
        September 26, 2013

        @Anonymous:Fools like you who continue to support such madness are the ones who will cause the dictatorship to be brought upon us, not those who now speak out against the dangerous road we are now traveling on

      • Justice and Truth
        September 26, 2013

        You, go down on your knees and pray for yourself which you are in dire need of including peace.

    • John Paul
      September 26, 2013

      it stinks bad in here same cologne as kadaffi

    • Looking in
      September 26, 2013

      only now?

    • CHILD OF GOD
      September 26, 2013

      Why are we trying to instigate violence in lovely Dominica?

      Come on brothers and sisters do we all watch the news of other countries when we think it our way or no way at all how the innocent are being killed and torched?

      Please for the love of our Heavenly pray more and try to live in love because division do not bring peace.

      Some of us always call on violence but forget our Heavenly father in charge of our lives not man.

      • Papa Dom
        September 27, 2013

        Who is instigating violence? Why do you children of darkness like to bring God into allu evil doings so noh? Skerritt knew damn well that Dominican by and large would not accept saver in as the president of the country, so why is he putting him forward if not to instigate violence.

    • met yo
      September 26, 2013

      Maybe it is closer to home……

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