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.