PDM leader supports UWP decision to boycott parliament

Leader of the Peoples Democratic Movement Dr. William Para Riviere is dispelling the notion by critics that the opposition will not be able to effectively represent its supporters if it follows through with a decision not to attend parliament.

The United Workers Party has said that it would boycott Parliament in the midst of allegations of bribery and corruption during the December 18, 2009 general elections.

Dr. Riviere said he supports the decision by the UWP, claiming that the opposition must now do all they can to keep in touch with their support base.

“I don’t know that parliament is the best medium for people to keep in touch with their community because given the wholesale nonsense, the character assassination and rubbish they discuss in parliament; I think there are other ways in which a party can keep in touch with its base,” he said.

Riviere is suggesting that the opposition conduct community meetings and educational sessions.

“If the UWP stays away from parliament, then they are not going to be keeping in contact with their support base through the parliamentary debates so they have to devise other means,” he added.

He said evidence suggests that parliament is the least effective way of keeping in touch with the people.

Meanwhile, Dr. Riviere said never before has there been such blatant disregard for the law.

“Opposition forces were denied access to the national media, people were paid money to vote for the ruling party, they brought in plane loads of people to vote and that amounts to fraud,” he said.

Dr Riviere said the UWP’s decision is a principled one.

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20 Comments

  1. child
    January 29, 2010

    dominican dont know what they want for real .they wanted a one state party they get it and they still complaining ….come on man ,we ask for it we get it lets just sit ,relax and see whats the benefit

  2. thuder horse
    January 28, 2010

    They jealous of the prime minister

  3. January 28, 2010

    Para Dem Mad.

  4. Neriah
    January 28, 2010

    It is sad that these men who are still acting like boyz haven’t grown up to understand that we you lost, take your loss and try harder next time……The PM will only change when the people want to do so….as one man said…..”You have to catch a fish to clean one”

    It is best that PDM & UWP take a look at their politics and go back to the drawing board……I would love to suggest to the UWP (those who won) to go to the house and speak the minds of their people. If you continue to put yourselves out of sight trust me you will be out of the minds of your people and the DLP.

  5. January 28, 2010

    My grandmother used to support Para.She died 60 years ago.Most of his supporters have gone on permanent vacation.might be listening in there grave.

  6. January 28, 2010

    All Dogs and Cats are crying now.

    Sooner or later they will be weeping!

  7. Fairplay
    January 28, 2010

    Go and roll your rosary Para!!!
    Your political days are over. Or it never got started?

  8. de caribbean change
    January 28, 2010

    Hey Para and Ron, time to take a nap. The seventies are long gone. You two should have left the scene the very same year that the indomitable leader , Maurice Bishop, made his unfortunate exit.

  9. Power to the People
    January 28, 2010

    … … Continue to boycott my boys. Dominica is moving on under capable leadership.

  10. CB CUZ
    January 28, 2010

    Dr.Para instead of you advising your …friends and party people to be come one and work with the Prime Minister to move the country forward you a supporting what the.. are doing and boy cotting parliament. Para i thought that you a smarter man than that.. dont you see that we and skerro dont care about what you all do and say well you they boycott parliament then guess what “there will be no one to stand in the way of progress…..

  11. positivedominican
    January 28, 2010

    Eh las Para, when are you and Ron going to realize that’s it’s the end of the road for you politically. There is no coming back, neither of you will be Prime Minister of Dominica;NEVER!!! The dream is over. Go to sleep old men. Your time have long passed.

  12. Oh OH!!! on d constitution!!!
    January 28, 2010

    Max yuou so wrong, no one is coming out only the disgruntled is talking.

    Para and PDM cannot be trusted he wants workers out of the way so he is encouraging them to go down this hill of death.

    As soon as they reach deep enough and cannot climb back he will make his move to be the official leader of the opposition.

    I support Para toute sot say pou keoner (all fools is to fool)

  13. Chica
    January 28, 2010

    Right on MAX.

  14. CHAMER
    January 28, 2010

    dr para sounds .. but he made a point that is true. its truley a bunch of nonsense and … people like him and those he support does speake in the house so he should be ashamed to make a comment like that.b ut what does the country have to loose if the opposition wont go to parliment ? the country will progress more so what. i belive that if these guys will stop campagning now because elections are over or are they still asleep thinking that elections is next year?if they will wake up and start accepting that they have lost and become constructive the people will take notice of them and if the dlp sleeps it will be there chanse for their dreams to come true.u guys have lost accept defeat and move on. u cant be talking about persons breaking the laws when u are doing the same. about brining people to vote ,why should u guys be talking about it when before 2005 and in 2005 u guys had the funds and u brought persons down to vote. tell … them i say remember when they had the meeting at the wifol building in st martin with about 40people present telling us about international airport that they would build ,if they forgot that they were making arrangments to pay the tickets for those that were willing to come down and vote.

  15. max
    January 28, 2010

    You guys have a problem when people express themselves based on law and fact if it does not agree with your limited and myopic positions. Para is correct and in time more people will come out. As soon as the ‘siwo starts drying up more folks will start talking-, pleanty more.—– Good riddance.

  16. amused and giggling
    January 28, 2010

    But wait. It have a PDM non? ..A man who felt a little boy like skerro should not be above him. He do well. Gravitate to his comrades and age group. I would worry if Skerrit was spending his precoius time listening and responding to those disgruntled people who realise that as long as skerro there their political ambitions DEAD. Skerrit continue your work. FULfil your manifesto while they wallow in their mess. Who God bless no man curse, no matter how eloguent and frequent their criticisms are.

  17. Anonymous
    January 28, 2010

    this is y we did not vote for workers they do not care about there people how a they going to reject wat they do not want

  18. jjohns
    January 28, 2010

    In other words the great DR. is saying that we should get rid of parliamentary debates seeing that it is a place like him discuss rubbish. We should be moving foward as Dominicans no backwards, and to have a DR. giving that kind of advice to his dear friends who should be representing the people who elected them am left to wonder whats next.

  19. POSSIE PASSE
    January 28, 2010

    What happen to Dr Para Riviere? All there candidates lost their deposits badly. He has to go on political retirement right now for he got less than a hyndred votes in the December 18th General Elections. Not today nor he trying to be a member of Parliament, but he cannot qualify. whether the 3 elites go to Parliament or not the business of the country must continue in the best intrest of the people who elected them.

  20. Anonymous
    January 28, 2010

    Misery like company

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