Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit on Wednesday dismissed as “absurd” and “ridiculous” a call from Opposition Leader Hector John that he resign after a talk show host said he had evidence that Skerrit had renounced his French citizenship earlier this year.
John, on Monday, called for the prime minister’s resignation after talk show host Lennox Linton read documents on his weekend radio programme which allege that Skerrit applied for French citizenship on April 8, 2003 and subsequently renounced that citizenship on February 5, 2010.
“The call by the leader of the opposition for Roosevelt Skerrit to resign is absurd and ridiculous. They have brought the matter to the courts and if they believe that they have evidence to support their claim, then take the matter to court,” Skerrit said on the state radio station, DBS.
A High Court judge ruled in August that Skerrit would have to face trial over charges that his election last December was null and void on the grounds that he holds dual citizenship.
“If I were they I would have run to my lawyers with whatever I have so that he can prepare the necessary documents and submit to the court. Let the courts decide. But this call for Roosevelt Skerrit to resign, let me say to my supporters and to the rest of Dominicans, I have no intention of resigning because the leader of the opposition says Skerrit must resign,” he said.
Skerrit said he was operating from a strengthened position since last December’s general elections that returned his Dominica Labour Party to office with an 18-3 majority, and was satisfied with the management of the economy.
“When we look at the way we have been able to manage the affairs of Dominica, the vast majority of Dominicans are satisfied with the manner we have been managing the economy.
“If an election were to be called in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015… in 2025 the Labour party will be returned to office with a resounding mandate again,” he said.
The UWP has said it will hold a ‘people’s assembly’ on Friday outside the Financial Centre in Roseau to protest Skerrit’s “illegal election” to office, among other issues.
“These attempts to create unease and civil unrest in Dominica will not work because the people of Dominica are seeing through the selfish attitude of Ron Green, Edison James and Hector John,” Skerrit said.
“Let not your heart be troubled. I am standing firm because you the people of Dominica have given me a very strong mandate to lead this country into greater prosperity and development,” the prime minister assured his supporters.