Leader of the United Workers Party ( UWP ) Lennox Linton will be sworn in today as Opposition Leader in the Commonwealth of Dominica.
Linton, who took over from Edison James in 2013 as Political Leader of the UWP, contested and won the seat for the Marigot Constituency in the December 8 General Election, and led his Party to double the number of seats in Parliament from three to six, capturing all three seats in the capital city of Roseau.
Linton succeeds Hector John of the Salisbury Constituency and who served as the Opposition Leader from 2009 to 2014.
It is expected that soon after being sworn in, the Opposition Leader will name the four persons whom he and the Party have selected to serve as senators.
The four Senators will join the six elected candidates as the Opposition Members of the Parliament.
Candidates elected for the UWP were Hon. Lennox Linton, Marigot; Ezekeil Bazil, Wesley, Hector John, Salisbury; Danny Lugay, Roseau North; Joseph Isaac, Roseau Central and Joshua Francis, Roseau South.
Even before being sworn in, Linton has indicated his and his members readiness to do the ‘peoples business’ by making it clear that he would like to see Parliament meet monthly, in order to do the people’s business effectively and on a timely basis.. In this regard, the UWP representatives have already started to serve their communities by activating several projects for the Christmas season in various Constituencies.
The next session of Parliament will be the first to be convened in over two decades, without the presence of prominent UWP members Hon. Edison James and Hon. Norris Prevost, the former representatives of Marigot and Roseau Central respectively.
The two elder statesmen of the UWP have retired voluntarily to usher in a new era for the party. However, they remain actively engaged as Party Trustees and resource persons.