UPDATED: UWP expects to appeal court decision; Prime minister, La Plaine MP to face court for dual citizenship

Saint Jean (GIS photo), Skerrit

Political leader of the United Workers Party (UWP) Ron Green said his party is expected to examine with its lawyers the possibilities of appealing the decision to strike off three of their election petitions at this morning’s High Court hearing.

Green told Dominica News Online he is disappointed in Justice Errol Thomas’ decision to strike out what they consider to be three of the most important of their election petitions against the Dominica Labour Party (DLP) Administration.

“We are very disappointed that the judge did not see it fit to have a hearing on these matters,” Green said.

However, the court is proceeding with the hearing of the election petition put forward regarding the dual citizenship status of Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and Parliamentary Representative of La Plaine Petter St. Jean, who is also minister of Education and Human Resource Development. It is alleged that the two hold French passports- an action which is unlawful, according to the Constitution of Dominica.

Prime Minister Skerrit admitted during the 2009 campaign to being a French citizen. ““My mother was born in Guadeloupe and she lives in Guadeloupe. I was born in Dominica in 1972 and a few weeks after I moved to Guadeloupe where I stayed a lived there for some time. By virtue of the fact that my mother is French and when she got to Guadeloupe she declared me as her son, I became a French citizen,” he said.

This petition, along with four others was decided upon in the High Court. The UWP is contesting the St Joseph, Roseau South, Salybia and La Plaine Constituencies, which were won by the DLP in the December 18, 2009 General Elections.

The matters that were stricken off include allegations of bribery, the lack of access to the state media, and irregular electoral conduct. They were ignored because of lack of sufficient evidence.

In the case of access to the state media, Green said the petition was thrown out because of a technicality. “We should have pleaded unequal access instead of lack of access,” he added.

The respondents to the petitions, which included representatives of the Prime Minister (Government) and the Electoral Commission, sought to have all petitions eliminated.

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134 Comments

  1. spoon
    December 15, 2010

    THE uWPis just a greedy hungry political wonded wolf they are desperate and will do any thing including murder to get back in power thats why they after skerrit their plan is to murder him but SKERO Dominica on your side GOD on your side you will embarras those fools when you win that case Maynard JOSEPR LOST HIS DEPOSIT AND THERE IS NO WAY WE WANT HIM IN vIEILLE cASE ALL OF US GOING TO JAIL IF THE JUDGE GIVE HIM THAT SEAT BECAUSE THE PROTEST WILL BE MASSIVE AND HE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO GO TO PARLIMENT WE WILL BLOCK HIM.Dominicas developement is more important than that stupid citizen case all uwp mad

  2. zaza
    August 27, 2010

    LET THE COURT DECIDE BUT REMEMBER THE WORLD IS LISTENING THIS RULING WILL AFFECT MANEY PEOPLE IN AND OUT OF DOMINICA .STOP PLAYING POLITICS LET US MOVE THE COUNTRY FOWARD AND LEAVE PARTY BEHIND .

  3. WATCHER
    August 27, 2010

    SO WHAT DO YOU THINK? WHEN YOU HAVE ANOTHER’s COUNTRY THAT MEANS YOU ARE
    A CITIZEN OF THAT COUNTRY…… SO THE PM KNEW HE HAD THE PASSPORT AND STILL
    RAN FOR GOVERNMENT KNOWING IT’S WAS AGAINST THE LAW!!!!!!!!

  4. McCoy Tyner
    August 27, 2010

    @Gene, Toronto: Gene I was simply trying to put the facts I have out there. There may be some area of the constitution that dives deeper into it but I do not see it.

    I added the under the control of France as this is what the constitution talks about, acknowledgement of allegiance, obedience or adherence to a foreign power or state;

    I read your comments and have no problem with them, I may be 100% wrong in my thinking about all of this….

    The courts await, and I must say at some point, the constitution needs to be made very clear in this area.

    Having said that, there are many of us who would love to serve and are very knowledgeable and can contribute tremendously to developing our lovely island and we will not be able to, as we are also citizens of other countries.

    What prevents someone from being a dual citizen and serving Dominica….?

    My sons are citizens of Dominica although they were born in another country. I registered their births and also got passports for them so they could enjoy the benefits of being a Dominican.

  5. MANCHAT!!!!
    August 27, 2010

    @Observer: Please Missy, Parliament is the highest law of the Land?.Where did you get that foolishness from?….Oh my..Do you know what the ‘Constitution of your Land is?…..I will strongly advice you to get familiar with it. Then you will know what the “highest law of the Land” is…
    Secondly,one cannot just change the ‘Constitution”. Every piece of legislation that is introduced to Parliament,must be in conformity with the “CONSTITUTION”,which is the supreme Law of the Land…Any LAW that is passed must comply with the CONSTITUTION. It must be in line with what the CONSTITUTION say concerning that particular matter.
    So you see, it just does not work like what you are suggesting……
    All the best to you.
    MANCHATT!!!!

  6. FRANCIS FRANCIS CHICAGO IL
    August 27, 2010

    DOMINICAN PEOPLE ARE THE MOST ENVY SET OF PEOPLE ON EARTH .

  7. sari sari falls
    August 26, 2010

    2 who it may concern – Ron was born in DLCA and has a US passport, he is just feeling bad how DLCA has grow so much.Ron go chile & enjoy your pention b4 ( u no who ) enjoy it 4u. u 2 sniky.

  8. Gene, Toronto
    August 26, 2010

    @yes iiiiiiii:

    I do not think that it is necessary that the PM gives up his French passport. He is not under the influence and yoke of France and subject to it. At least, France is not at war that he may be called to serve in the Army.
    Dominica is too small a country to be debating about dual citizenship. All of us adults overseas should return to Dominica and vye for a government politician position. How about that? Change the Law.

  9. Gene, Toronto
    August 26, 2010

    @The Third Side:

    This is “much ado about nothing”; not necessarily criticizing you. We all make mistakes. In one of my writings I inadvertently referred to the PM as President. This was an error on my part. You know what it is like when writing, even though I read the writing prior to submitting it. Therefore, I do my utmost to overlook certain statements and typographical errors – typing errors and others.
    The PM should be left alone. These people do not have loving hearts and are wasting their God-given precious time. They are out to get him, to prove him wrong and to oust him. Politics is a dirty game. There is the Canadian saying: “Darned if I do and darned if I don’t.” You can’t please everyone.
    They must keep in mind that the Lord is looking on and taking notes of their actions. He knows what lurks in their heart. He will, one day, mete out His fair and just recompense to them.
    Pray for your PM, Dominica and its nationals as yourself.
    God bless!

    • curves
      February 13, 2011

      gene stop repeating yourself the law is the law, what is good for the goose is good for the gander.the pm knows batter he should uphold the law not brake it
      what are u telling the young people of this countyr it is ok to brakr the law. and when they do u will send police to arrest them and u are no example. we all must be reasonable and stop talking crap.

  10. Gene, Toronto
    August 26, 2010

    @McCoy Tyner:

    I would never give it a thought and/or consider that the PM is under the control of France. GIve and take, criticism or not, I do think that he is a Dominican at heart, just as all of us overseas who have another passport from the country in which we reside. We still love our Dominica country and, at heart, did not give it up. It is just a matter of convenience.
    Incidentally, “we promise to uphold the Law of the land” and allegiance to the Queen. Canada of all is still a Sovereign country.
    Therefore, what is the problem harassing the PM?
    You know, as in the days of slavery, my ancestors on my mother’s side, her ancestors are from France. On my father’s side, his ancestors are from Africa. Maybe I should try to get citizenship from those countries, as with all of us Dominicans whose heritage are accordingly. Will this disqualify us and give us a no-man’s land passport?
    For the Canadian census, there was a column which asked what nationality. When I filled it out I gave Dominican/West Indian/Caribbean/Canadian, the latter by naturalization. For my parents nationality, I gave likewise except Canada. I added French from France and Africa. I did feel wicked, if you know what I mean and decided to do so.
    Well, someone from Statistics Canada telephoned me and left voice mail messages, no doubt, to discuss it with me. I could not be bothered. I never returned the calls. Next year, we will be filling out another census and I will do exactly what I did on the last census.
    I do think that the PM should not be harassed about his citizenship for obvious reasons. To his critics and persecutors, have some common sense.

  11. jnjayaz
    August 26, 2010

    Junjay

    We are not interested in your status.your statement of us citizenship has no place in this discusion
    Show off some other time.

  12. Anonymous
    August 26, 2010

    oh my God which part of the world am i and in what centuary. Some of those comments are so dumfonded

  13. August 26, 2010

    @CAN WE GET THE FACTS?: The French law is very simple and explicit. French citizenship obtains only unilateral recognition. Anyone who holds public office or serves in the military of another country, after being sworn as a citizen of France loses all rights privileges and recognition as such.

  14. August 26, 2010
  15. McCoy Tyner
    August 26, 2010

    With all these negative comments, I felt the need to examine the facts.

    1. How many of you have actually read the constitution of the Commonwealth of Dominica?

    2. How man have read the section that speaks to the dual citizenship issue/question?

    3. Can someone obtain a copy at one of the Government offices?</i?

    I did not write the constitution so I can not say what the writers meant. What I do know is that it is not 100% clear and as a supporter of the DLP I see no fault with the judge moving this forward. Maybe my copy of the constitution is outdated but I will post what I have, albeit it is a copy from someone else.

    Disqualifications for Representatives and Senators.

    32.-

    1. A person shall not be qualified to be elected or appointed as a Representative or Senator (hereinafter in this section referred to as a member)
    (a) if he-is by virtue of his own act, under any acknowledgement of allegiance, obedience or adherence to a foreign power or state;

    (b)is a minister of religion;

    (c)is an undischarged bankrupt, having been adjudged or otherwise declared bankrupt under any law in force in Dominica;

    (d)is under sentence of death imposed on him by a court of law in any part of the Commonwealth or is serving a sentence of imprisonment (by whatever name called) exceeding twelve months imposed on him by such a court or substituted by competent authority for some other sentence imposed on him by such a court, or is under such a sentence of imprisonment the execution of which has been suspended;

    (e)subject to such exceptions and limitations as may be prescribed by Parliament, has an interest in any government contract and has not, within seven days of his nomination as a candidate for election or, as the case may be, at least seven days before the date of his prospective appointment, disclosed the nature of the contract and of his interest therein by means of a notice published in the Official Gazette and in a daily or weekly newspaper circulating in Dominica; or

    (f) holds or is acting in the office of President.

    The part that I think pertains to the case is A person shall not be qualified to be elected or appointed as a Representative or Senator (hereinafter in this section referred to as a member)
    (a) if he-is by virtue of his own act, under any acknowledgement of allegiance, obedience or adherence to a foreign power or state;

    Now does getting a passport mean that one is under obedience or adherence to a foreign power…it could be argued for and against. By Virtue of his own act, getting a passport over 18 constitutes ones own act, but the rider here is the acknowledgement of allegiance, obedience or adherence to a foreign power or state. If the PM can prove that getting a passport is not acknowledgement of allegiance, obedience or adherence to a foreign power or state, then he wins the case….but again the constitution is not totally clear and the learned judges will rule and settle this.

    I will remind the UWP supporters that pursuing this matter guarantees their exclusion from majority rule for the next 15-20 years. Dominicans, the majority of the populace does not like this route they are taking. Although it is a small victory now, it will have much broader negative effects in the future.

    Dominicans do not feel that the PM is under control of France, and they know it.

    Ron Green and Edison James, Norris Prevost also hold foreign passports. Norris Charles holds a green card….and I know he swear in Puerto Rico when he got the green card.

  16. BB
    August 26, 2010

    @Silent: This is a funny statement. LOL. Are you sure that you understand what a “failed state is?”

  17. BB
    August 26, 2010

    @prissy: By “leave him alone” I assume you mean “ignore the law in his case?” If so, why? Just curious.

  18. Observer
    August 26, 2010

    The last time I checked, the government had 18 seats in the parliament and that is over two-thirds – a majority to amend the constitution to allow dual citizenship holders to vote and run for election in Dominica.

    End of story.

    Who vex loss!!!!

    Mark my word, the government only waiting for the judge to make his mistake and Parliament which is the highest law of the Land will reverse the judge decision.

    Jump high , jump low Labor have d power in their hand to make constitutional changes at this time.

    With 11 seats after the 1995 elections Mr. James dissolved the DBGA to get rid of Scottie and fire Didier who paid gratuity to the man. Much less for Labor with 18 seats. Stuppeeeeees

  19. Kanpeche
    August 26, 2010

    @Patat:

    Patat,

    You started of good, and then you went on a tangent, and started meandering in political back-biting and criticism. I sense that you have the intellect to give insight into many things affecting us in DA, and can really make a viable contribution; but, so often, you let you political prejudice cloud your judgement.

  20. Kanpeche
    August 26, 2010

    Here is the constitution. For the layman, can someone point out where the infraction of the law resides.

    http://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/—ed_protect/—protrav/—ilo_aids/documents/legaldocument/wcms_132619.pdf

    Here is the what the French constitution says about dual citizenship: http://www.frenchlaw.com/Immigration_Visas.htm

  21. BIRDIE
    August 26, 2010

    Ron Green and the … UWPits want to stean the V/case and Laplain seats but remember Maynard Joseph lost his deposit in V/case and we dont want him not over our dead bodies try that and those uwp’s and their twofoot monsters those lawyers will find out when the constituency revotl and how they will stop the whole of Penville V/case Thibaud when they will grab that deposit looser they want to fuss on them he will not last 5 minutes as palrep

  22. dominican
    August 26, 2010

    God bless my country and help us all …

  23. opinion
    August 26, 2010

    @D/can Visiting too: Use the dictionary please before u call someone dumb……Loveu

  24. Anonymous
    August 26, 2010

    @wisdom: So? What’s wrong with driving a good car…

  25. Chief
    August 26, 2010

    What is all the fuss about? Whatever happened to this court case it is not going to affect the political landscape of Dominica. The DLP has a huge following in the masses in Dominica and it won’t give the UWP any political mileage.

    On the other hand, if the PM violated the law on his dual citizenship, then he should admit it, give up his French citizenship, re-contest his seat and win again.

  26. Gene, Toronto
    August 26, 2010

    @Homeboy: @GLEN BECK:

    Did you give Him this name as some others do? Are you a Christian and a genuine one at that? We Christians call Him, “GOD – Our Almighty Father”. When we pray, we do not say “Yahweh, who art in Heaven” but address Him appropriately as Our Lord Jesus Christ taught us: “Our Father who art in Heaven…”
    Our Lord Jesus Christ has also mentioned “God”. Coming from Him, Our Lord, King and Saviour, it is quite appropriate/correct that we genuinely Christians call Him “God” or “Almighty Father” and not otherwise. He is pleased with this godly and respectful greeting.

    We are not copycats of what which is not correct to do and say. Our Lord is to be obeyed at all times with no exception. As Our Lord said: “Hear and understand. Who has ears ought to hear. Go and do likewise.” Amen!

  27. Dominica-London Base
    August 26, 2010

    SOR SORT AND JAN SORT Please treat me like a two (2) year old and educate me here.

    I was born in Dominica. of Dominican Parents who then left for the United Kingdom in the early sixties. I then went to join them in my teens. Both my parents had dual citizenship and pasports which consists of the UK and Dominica that also includes myself and my siblings. What is wrong with that?

    Please can someone educate mehere as I donot understandy whay all these problems with the Dominican Prime Minster and his Minister/s. I can assure you that many, many Prime minsters and Presidents has dual citizenship and Passport and they are running very, very large countries.

    Someone please help me here!

    • curves
      February 13, 2011

      you are wroung my dear. name one prime minisrte who is doing it. i dont think u all understand whats going on here. educate yourselves befor coming here and make a fool of your selves.

  28. Gene, Toronto
    August 26, 2010

    @Anonymous:

    What are you stating? The majority of Dominicans migrated legally to other countries. Some of them were also sponsored by relatives. When they arrived on those shores, they received “a stamped landed immigrant record”. They then received legal immigrant status.
    Their Dominican government did not insinuate, advised, sent them or forced them to go to another country to work. They did so voluntarily.
    China has sent and continues to send its nationals to work in Dominica of all, not considering and ignoring that Dominica has its residents who are also unemployed and are in dire need of jobs and are quite capable of assuming those duties.
    Did the Dominican government invite them to migrate to Dominica? China offered the Dominica financial assistance. Did the Dominican government inform China that it was in need of its workers of all?
    It appears that this is China’s condition (no doubt a secretive one), that it assists countries as Dominica and that its nationals, some of whom may be its prisoners, will send its nationals to work in Dominica. The same applies to Venezuelans.
    Put on your thinking cap, if you have one.

  29. Gene, Toronto
    August 26, 2010

    @STAFFEE:

    If this is proven to be true, then they should be booted out of Dominica. Nationals who qualify should be given precedence over non-residents.

  30. Gene, Toronto
    August 26, 2010

    @wisdom:

    The judge is paid a higher salary as you, if you are employed. Therefore cease questioning the validity of the judge owning an expensive vehicle, unless you have concrete reason to question it. Then, let the Dominican public know about it. Otherwise, keep quiet and hold your peace.

  31. Gene, Toronto
    August 26, 2010

    @Silent:

    Less criticism, if none at all. Pray for your Dominica country and its people. As you do, do your utmost to obey God’s Commandments that your prayers will be effective and answered for those whom you pray for as your country.

  32. Gene, Toronto
    August 26, 2010

    @One Love:

    Interesting! Accessing DNO, for one who resides in Canada, I am learning about the Laws of Dominica as it exists today, if accurate.
    Do you not know what dual citizenship is? Be informed what is occurring in Dominica, if you reside there. It is like having dual citizenship which means holding two valid passports of different countries.
    Having stated this, does Dominica not allow dual citizenship? Has the Law changed in recent years?
    If the Law of Dominica allows it, there should not be a controversy of the Prime Minister possessing legal dual citizenships and two passports. What is the problem?

  33. Gene, Toronto
    August 26, 2010

    @K.S.Miller:

    Is there a Dominican Law that a born-Dominican is not allowed to run for public office as a Prime Minister or other elected politician?

  34. Gene, Toronto
    August 26, 2010

    @JOE:

    Let us be fair and just. The Prime Minister of Dominica’s real citizenship should have been verified then when he campaigned for the presidency. Were Dominican residents not aware of that? Why bring this up now and after one term and during the second one?
    I do not think that Dominicans should worry too much about this. He was born and lived in D/ca. Allow him to complete his term and peacefully.
    A Law should be established that the Prime Minister of all should not be allowed to run for a third term. Thereby giving another resident the opportunity to be elected as President. You know, “new blood” and hopefully better leadership for the good of the country.
    West Indians of all, as those of us who reside in the US, Canada, Europe and elsewhere in the Caribbean became citizens of those lands solely for convenience purposes. Do you think that we so love those countries (although we do not hate them), even though we may be comfortable residing there? Our hearts are still in our beautiful country of Dominica, if only dreaming that we would like to return permanently and better assist it, be it by being elected for a government position. Residing abroad, they have developed expertise in certain matters and what could assist the progress of this country. They should not be denied this privilege.
    Therefore, I reiterate, please squash this case and allow President Skerrit to perform his duties. Dominican residents reserve the write to request that he adequately fulfil his function as President. No uprising! Be loving and patient! As all things are temporary, keep in mind that time flies.
    God bless Dominica and its residents.

  35. Democratic lover
    August 26, 2010

    Well Skerrit is a popular leader, the voice of the people have spoken. Those behind the scenes who want to rule, and bring Dominica dowm, the Dominican people will remember, what you tried to do, and so you wil never, form a government in Dominica. Skerrit there because the people voted for him, it is that simple.

  36. yes iiiiiiii
    August 26, 2010

    HOLD ALL YOU …WE MUST WIN OUR CASE IF IT HAVE PROBLEM WITH THE TWO PASSPORTS HE WILL JUST GIVE UP HIS FRENCH CITIZENSHIP NA APPEAL …

  37. just wait and see
    August 26, 2010

    while am disappointed with court decision knowing fully will the L B P government payed people to come down and vote they still throw out these cases but thank God the most importance one did not which is Skerrit and Peter dual Citizenship and is because the judge find that there is enough evidence to support it thats why he take the case so guess what they poopooing in thier pants right now because the was hoping that the court would have throw out the case , ok let me see what is the out come and i hope the U W P leaders and members do everything in their power to get every piece of information to get this thing over with and to send these lawless low life Men packing and out of our beautiful country daily lives i also wants the villas to come out in the open befor the court could make a decision on his French passport alas that P M to greedy and wicked he want to get rich over night and dont expect to face the rod of correct . i hope he step down befor putting shame in his family eyes

  38. SOR SORT AND JAN SORT
    August 26, 2010

    IT IS INTERESTING TO SEE THE COMMENTS FROM THE APPARENT DLP SUPPORTERS OR SHOULD I SAY SKERRITITES. FIRST THEY DENIED THAT SKERRIT LIED ABOUT THE CITIZENSHIP, THEY SAID THE MAN WAS HONEST; THEY ALSO REQUESTED THE EVIDENCE. NOW THAT THE DARK CLOUDS ARE SLOWLY MOVING IN THYE DLP PEOPLE ARE LOOKING FOR ANOTHER REASON TO DEFEND SKERRIT.IF WE ALLOW INTELLIGENCE AND LAW TO PREVAIL THEN DOMINICANS DLP, UWP OR DFP ALIKE SHOULD LET SKERRIT KNOW WHAT TIME IT IS.

    SOME PEOPLE CRITICIZE THE UWP GUYS AND ACCUSE THEM OF PLAYING POLITICS. IN MY OPINION ; YES IT IS ALL POLITICAL MEANDERING ON THE PART OF THE UWP BUT THEN WHERE DO WE PLACE SKERRIT AND THE OTHER GUY. WHEN ONE USES POWER TO MANUPILATE PEOPLE ,LIE AND SHOW DISREGARD FOR THE CONSTITUTION OF THE NATION THEN THIS IS NOT JUST POLITICAL MEANDERING BUT DICTATORIAL SHOW BOATING.

    THE BIG QUESTION IS ARE WE WILLING TO TOLERATE SUCH BEHAVIOR FROM OUR POLITICIANS – IS SKERRIT’S BEHAVIOR ACCEPTABLE. IF YES THEN LET US OPEN UP STOCK FARM AND ALLOW THE CRIMINALS TO RUN FOR OFFICE

  39. junjay_98
    August 26, 2010

    @Felix: I agree with your statement. For example, I was a United States Citizen while living in Dominica and had no idea. My mother became a naturalized citizen when I was seven years old (parents who are naturalized U.S. citizens with children under the age of 18 are automatically citizens). I left Dominica at the age of 13 and was not aware of my citizenship until the age of 18.

    With that said, unless the Prime Minister has a valid French passport or documentation that proves such, then he is still a Dominican citizen (native-born child).

  40. August 26, 2010

    @Patat: Patat, your imagination is running wild, overtime. Ambrose George is damaged goods and has put his integrity up for sale on more than one occasions.He commands absolutely no respect on the international scene.

  41. CAN WE GET THE FACTS?
    August 26, 2010

    I am pretty sure that there maybe students who are reading these comments and are wondering when will the facts be known. I would be extremely grateful if someone would be bold enough to check the French laws – concerning citizenship – the way it was in 1972. So until then, This would give the DNO contributors a clearer understanding on the matter.

  42. JOE
    August 26, 2010

    I DONT UNDERSTAND HOW DOMINICANS CAN BE SO DUMB. TH E LAW IS THE LAW SO GUESS WHAT IT APPLIES TO THE PM, RON GREEN, PETER ST. JEAN AND ALL THE OTHERS. HE WENT AGAINST THE CONSTITUTION AFTER HE HELD THAT BIBLE AND TOOK AND OATH OF OFFICE IS THE SAME AS LYING UNDER OATH IN COURT. STEP DOWN OR BEFORE U CONTESTED U SHOULD HAVE SURRENDERED YR FRENCH CITIZENSHIP THIS IS RUDE, WHEN THE PM WANTS TO BREAK THE LAW OF THE LAND WHAT ARE THE REST OF THE PEOPLE GOING TO DO. ITS NOT ABOUT BEING UPSET OVER LOSING AN ELECTION, THEIR ACTIONS WAS UNCONSTITUTIONAL SO THEY MUST PAY WHATEVER PRICE COMES WITH IT

  43. Patat
    August 26, 2010

    That is not a problem!!!!

    Skerrit alone is not d government. He may be PM but he alone cannot run Dominica and DLP have plenty able body members in d well designed cabinet that can take over d PM position.

    There are only two logical scenarios that can branch out to take on lives of their own:

    (1) The judge rules in Skerrit’s favor and life goes on as if nothing ever happened.

    (2) The judge sees evidence where Skerrit used the existing and previous French/European passports vis-a-viz his Dominican passport or his Diplomatic passport as PM and concludes that he is not qualified to continue as PM until such time he gives up the passport and seeks reelection in a subsequent general election since there will be no by-election – Maynard Rumson Joseph automatically assumes the position as Parlrep of Itassi.

    Now with scenario two above will see a man who has been waiting in d wings for how much years now to assume the position of PM. And that be none other than Ambrose George. And the USA will be pleased since Ambrose will move away from Chavez and be seen embracing Columbia, Brazil, Panama, and Argentina. Ambrose will make other players get a geothermal license and Obama and his State Department will keep quiet about his lapse of judgment since he was a novice in politics at d time.

    Those DLP hardcore will not let Tim Tim lead them at this time. Tim Tim will never let Skerrit assume leader in 2014 or 2015. And Labor will only win in 2015 if Skerrit leads again!!!!! For Sure Skerrit will rise again.

    So Ambrose will remove Baptist as Senator and bring Skerrit in as a Senator and make him a minister in d office of the PM. Poor Kelva will become a backbencher and will have to give up d Hunyadi SUV and start taking a Senjo Bus as was customary. If Kelver protest, Ambrose will remind him how much time he Ambrose take back seat in d House over d last ten years and how he is only 26 years old.

    I waiting for those comments.

  44. One Love
    August 26, 2010

    @Meee 2:

    what is a DUAL-PASSPORT? HAHAHEHEHOHO

  45. Silent
    August 26, 2010

    In my understanding, Dominica qualifies as a failed state; violence and unrest will soon kick in. Let all those who have eyes to see see and those who have ears to hear hear.

    I my self, am quietly listening….

  46. One Love
    August 26, 2010

    @Nana:

    Yes Lord I support that prayer do look over them as by your will they move out of stolen office and do break the power of the evil forces that led them to cheat. May they never again yeild to temptation. Forgive them their sins and provide for them in their retirement

  47. Ragodor
    August 26, 2010

    Very interesting comments. Leaders who constantly lie to its people and believe that they are above the supreme law of the land, must understand that there is a price to pay. Dominica at a cross-road with its democracy

  48. JUST
    August 26, 2010

    THE WICKED CAN NEVER RULE FOR EVER..This is the worse government that the country has ever had…They grab everything and the ordinary man is getting poorer day by day..

  49. wisdom
    August 26, 2010

    Consequences:
    Quarries given to French men.
    Geothermal given to Fellow French men
    Multimillion $ Road contracts given to fellow french men
    Colas contract given to fellow French man.
    Fellow French men released when caught illegally fishing and arrested.
    Dominican fishermen regularly held at gun point by empowered fellow french fishers
    DA Coast guard drive French registered vessel
    french coast guard granted exclusive rights to operate in DA waters. .

    France fought over 10 wars to gain access to our resources.
    France massacred an entire village and broke every international truce granting Dominica to the Kalinago and negre Maroon.
    Frence is still officiallly at war with DA.
    If this is not a clear cut case of conflict of interest and treason then 1 plus 1 does not equal 2

  50. ag duties
    August 26, 2010

    Is the duty of the Attorney General that of defending the State or Politicians?

  51. wisdom
    August 26, 2010

    How does a judge drive the most expensive vehicle in Dominica?

  52. Democratic lover
    August 26, 2010

    Does the laws of Dominica allow dual citizenship or not. Base on the statues of dominica, does it not allow that children up to the third generation born outside Dominica have a right to dual nationality, where they were born and Dominica.
    France is our heritage, that is why we still speak a french patois.
    However, while travelling i met many in the caribbean who envied the progress this young man was making to Dominica, so it would be a sad day if he was not allowed to complete his term of office because of maliciousness.
    There are many in Dominica that hate Dominica progressing, they blew there opportunity and they cant see someone do good for the country, magra sa.
    .

  53. STAFFEE
    August 26, 2010

    We have some French illegals, holding government offiices illegally. They should be deported immediately for breaking the law!

  54. Wait A Minute
    August 26, 2010

    Oh, and may I add that y’all dear leader Ron (lazy) Green and a number of others in the UWPee are dual citizens, so those of you talking about upholding the constitution are only speaking from one side of your mouths. It is left to the courts to decide at what stage that someone can be disqualified from holding office if they have another citizenship (is it from chilhhod or swearing as an adult). When this is finally decided, the next debate is whether we seek a constutional amendment to the laws, since polititians from ALL sides may be affected by the ruling, and I am sure, MANY WOULD-BE POLITICIANS commenting here on DNO too!!!!!!

  55. Wait A Minute
    August 26, 2010

    WHY SO MUCH OS SKERRIT HATE? Everything for some people is Skerrit, Skerrit, Skerrit!! Oh, my, zout ke toufey GOSH!! Leave the man alone!

    Ok, let’s suppose as many of you commenting hear would like it, the courts were to allow bi-elections in the two constituencies of Vielle case and La Plaine, WOULD THIS GET ALL U PARTY THE UWPwee BACK INTO POWER? The answer is a resounding NOOOO!!! WOULD THAT BE THE END OF SKERRIT POLITICaLLY? I am sure that even the dumbest of you hate-filled anti-Skerrit contributors here know that the man is popular and this will only lead to him getting even MORE votes in a bi-election. Even if (in the very UNLIKELY event that he was banned from contesting for a period of time) the Labour Party could very simply do like the UWP (with its lame duck, incompetent leader RON GREEN) and appoint Skerrit as a Senator and then Minister and y’all can be rest assured that the man, even if he isn’t the PM would be virtually calling the shots. AND for a LONG, LONG-SHOT, say the court were to disallow him from taking ANY seat in Parliament, then whomever is sworn in as PM (FROM THE LABOUR PARTY, OF COURSE) could simply appoint him as a special adviser, where he would likely get even a bigger salary, and STILL BE RUNNING THE COUNTRY from behind the scenes.

    IN SHORT folks, anyway you turn Roosevelt Skerrit WILL BE in y’all faces and (nightmares for the haterz) for a VERY LONG TIME. So live with it and frett not thyselves!!!!

  56. FRANCIS FRANCIS CHICAGO IL
    August 26, 2010

    IN GOD WE TRUST.

  57. prissy
    August 26, 2010

    @GOOD: BECAREFUL WHAT YOU ASKING FOR SKERRIT DON’T COME BACK TO HUNT YOU OR YOUR FAMILY. HE IS A HUMAN BEING LIKE EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US. THIS DATES BACK TO THE DAYS OF CHRIST. THE SAME CROUD SHOUTING HOSANNA TO THE SON OF DAVID, THE NEXT WEEK WAS SHOUTING CRUCIFY HIM! CRUCIFY HIM!

  58. prissy
    August 26, 2010

    @WATCHER: WHY WAS’NT IT AN ISSUE WHEN EDISON BECAME PM? HE HAD BRITISH CITIZENSHIP. I GUESS IF SKERRIT IS A FRENCH CITIZEN THOSE OF US WHO WERE BORN BEFORE 1978 SHOULD ALL CLAIM OUR BRITISH CITZENSHIP SINCE WE WERE BORN UNDER BRITISH RULE.

  59. prissy
    August 26, 2010

    @happy people: THEY’LL WAKE UP WHEN YOU LEARN TO SPELL, YOUR DUMB BAT. BEFORE SKERRIT LEAVES OFFICE ASK HIM TO DO YOU A BIG FAVOR. PRESENT YOU WITH A GIFT. NOT ANY GIFT. A “DICTIONARY”
    WHEN YOU RECEIVE THAT DICTIONARY THE FIRST WORD I WANT YOU TO LOOK UP IS BIAS.

    THE DEFINITION WILL BE YOU.

  60. prissy
    August 25, 2010

    @Extradition: I WISH YOU WOULD SHUT UP. YOU KNOW WHAT THEY SAY: A PROPHET IS NOT HONORED IN HIS OWN COUNTRY. IF IT WAS A WHITE MAN FROM ENGLAND OR AMERICA YOU ALL WOULD BE LIICKING THE DIRT OF HIS FEET. SINCE YOU ALL ARE SO CONCERNED ABOUT SKERRIT’S CITIZENSHIP, TELL ME, WHY THE HELL ARE YOU ALL GETTING PREGNANT IN DA AND RUNNING UP TO AMERICA TO GIVE BIRTH TO YOUR KIDS WHERE YOU HAVE NOT CONTRIBUTED A DIME. AS A HOLDER OF A FRENCH PASSPORT
    SKERRIT COULD HAVE CHOSEN TO LIVE IN ANY FRENCH COUNTRY BUT HE CHOSE TO STAY IN DA. LOTS OF PEOPLE RAN AWAY AFTER THEY SUCKED ALL THE MARROW OUT OF DOMINICA’S BONES. NOW THEY ARE THE FIRST ONES THROWING STONES AT SKERRIT.

    ALL I’D LIKE TO SAY TO THESE PEOPLE GO CLEAN YOUR OWN BACKYARDS AND LEAVE THE MAN ALONE. RON, EDISON AND THE BUNCH ARE TRYING TO HOLD UP DOMINICA’S PROGRESS. THEY NEED TO STEP ASIDE IF THEY HAVE NOTHING WORTHWILE TO CONTRIBUTE TO THIS COUNTRY. STEP ASIDE, STOP HINDERING PROGRESS.

  61. prissy
    August 25, 2010

    @wat ating: I DO AGREE WITH THAT COMMENT. WHEN ROSIE DOUGLAS TOOK OVER IN 2000 , WHAT HE FOUND WAS AN EMPTY TREASURY WITH NOTHING TO WORK WITH. HE WENT ABROAD BEGGING FOR HELP SO THAT DOMINICA AND DOMINICANS WOULD SURVIVE. LOOK HOW FAR WE’VE COME. WE KNOW THERE ARE THINGS THAT NEEDS FIXING AND THE GOVERNMENT ALONE CAN’T FIX IT. WE AS CITIZENS AND LOVERS OF OUR COUNTRY SHOULD PULL TOGETHER TO SEE IT GO FORWARD, NOT BACK
    WARDS. IF WE GIVE IN TO THE LIKES OF RON GREEN AND EDISON JAMES, GOD HELP US!
    WE ARE SOOOOOOOOOO. DOOMED.

  62. Stupid
    August 25, 2010

    @pappy show: It is not as clear cut as that, you can hold dual citenzenship like Ron Green, as long as someone else pledged on your behalf!!! skerrit case is straight forward, he was a minor when he got it, meaning his mother took the oath of alligence on his behalf. Not sure for Petter St Jean.

    As a civil Servant i thought you would know that we pappy show!!!

  63. prissy
    August 25, 2010

    @Citizen: WHEN EDISON JAMES BECAME PRIME MINISTER, WAS’NT HE A BRITISH CITIZEN AND HOLDER OF A BRITISH PASSPORT?
    WHAT ABOUT RON CAN’T YOU SEE THAT THESE PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO TAKE YOU ALL BACK TO THE DAYS OF THE HAVES AND HAVE NOTS?

  64. francis francis chicago il
    August 25, 2010

    IN GOD WE TRUST.

  65. prissy
    August 25, 2010

    @Milly: HYPOCRETES! OH YE HYPOCRETES! FUNNY HOW
    YOU ALL QUOTE THE BIBLE ONLY WHEN IT SUITS YOU.

  66. francis francis chicago il
    August 25, 2010

    Why this idiot ron green don’t get lost shamless man.

  67. excited
    August 25, 2010

    I doubt anything will come out of this. Just another day in the life of Dominica’s talk shows. The PM is good, he is way up there. But I heard that what goes up must come down. Even the one up in heaven have to come back down to earth. So let’s see.

  68. 100% Dominican and proud
    August 25, 2010

    Ron Green, please get real. Judge Cottle had no choice but to strike out those 3 petitions. As a non-legal person, I knew from the onset, that those 3 petitions could not stick. The judge is allowing a trial for the only 2 petitions of substance. Stop wasting money on appeals: give the funds to charity instead.

  69. One Love
    August 25, 2010

    @haha:

    praying to belzeebub as usual???/ hahahehehoho

  70. pappy show
    August 25, 2010

    As a civil servant, i would have to resign my post if i wanted to go up for elections. If i loose, then that is my problem.. Nothing too difficult to understand about that.
    So why is it so difficult for these power hungry people to realize that is the Law of The Country……One cannot hold dual citizenship if he wants to vie for public office.
    choops man!!

  71. salop
    August 25, 2010

    Hope Ron lawyer will be there and ready to appeal when he is heading to that place the sun never shine.Your party was rejected and this is it..Exit the political arena brother and support the great development.

  72. Antiguan/Dominican LIVING IN NYC
    August 25, 2010

    THESE PPL UP HERE MAKING ALL THOSE SILLY COMMENTS ABOUT GOVERNMENT AND THE PRIME MINISTER..FROM ALL THEIR FOOLISH TALKS,YOU CAN SEE THEY HAVE AN AX TO GRIND..NO MATTER WHAT THE COURT DECIDE IN THE PM CASE IT WILL NOT CHANGE THE MINDS OF THE PORPULAR VOTERS..YOU CALL AN ELECTION,LOOK OUTLABOR MUST WIN.WHAT TGHOSE IDIOTS FAIL TO DIGEST IS THE THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN AND WILL CONTINUE TO SPEAK DURING ELECTION.YOU ALL BLIND AND DUMB TO SEE THE DOMINICA GOVERNMENT IS A MODEL TO THE OTHER CARIBBEEAN GOVERMENTS..STOP THE FOOLISH POLITICS AND LET OUR COUNTRY MOVE TO BETTER HIGHTS.

  73. Citizen
    August 25, 2010

    A simple question, is Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit a French Citizen? Yes, he said so. When last did he use his French Passport and when did he become a French Citizen?
    The Dominican people do not deserve an answer and for that they must proceed to the courts.
    Something is wrong, terribly wrong and disrespectful. Sadly some like it so, to be insulted.

  74. shortboy
    August 25, 2010

    NICOLAS SARKOZY IS NOT FROM FRANCE AND HE IS THE PRESIDENT OF FRANCE SO U.W.P STOP BEING STUPID

  75. opinion
    August 25, 2010

    I respect that everyone sees this matter in a different way
    but calling people idiots etc is total disrespect. Aren’t we all entitled
    to our opinions.? How boring it would be if everyone had the same opinion
    Let us all agree to disagree, and let us at least attempt to respect each other’s opinion
    after all this is a democratic society.

  76. Anonymous
    August 25, 2010

    @DominicanInUSA: Why do you think you have the right to be in someone else’s country but the Chinese and Venezuelans can’t be in Dominica? It’s about high time some Dominican’s stop this ignorance. There are so many Dominicans who have done the very same thing by migrating to other countries, including you who wrote this note, so ‘live and let live’.

  77. Milly
    August 25, 2010

    @HAHA
    Prayers is effective only if the person is in line with God. Just like you praying, others praying too. All who feeling the pressure praying. All who suffering praying.
    God can make the Pm Step down or He can leave him in power. Now if he leaves him in power the people of Dominica needs to ask God what is He(God) is teaching them. Remember the same bible teaches us that God allowed the wicked to reign over Israel for a period of time just to sift out the wicked, chastised the people and to make them reason and turn from their sins.

    So I think you shall pray and ask God instead for His(God) will to be done in Dominica.

    @ homeboy, If you used to really do research you would have known that God is God, He is Jehovah, He is El Shadei, Elohim, Abba Father, The AM that I Am, The lily of the Valley, King of Kings and many names used for Him. But if you do not have a true intimate relationship with Him is understandable that you only stock to Yahwey….

  78. August 25, 2010

    I ALWAYS KNOW DOMINICIAN ARE THE HARDEST SET OF PEOPLE TO PLEASE.THEY ARE JUST LIKE THE HAITIAN.I AM NOT LIVING IN DOMINICA BUT THE WAY I AM HEARING THE COUNTRY IS IMPROVING SO WELL. BUT YET STILL THERE IS NO THANKS AND APPRECIATION.BUT GO AND AHEAD AND MOVE SKERRIT LET RON GREEN RUN THE COUNTRY.BUT ONE THING I DO KNOW WHEN THEY SAY PEACE PEACE IS SUDDEN DESTRUCTION.EVERY TIME DOMINICA IS MOVING FORWARD SOME ONE WANTS TO PUSH IT SEVEN TIMES BACK WARD BUT TIME WILL TELL

  79. Rasta
    August 25, 2010

    UWP is jealous of the progress in Dominica………they had the opportunity to take DA to the next level but they blew it…..Ron you need to relax, you were the minister of education and sports, what happened??? teachers were not getting paid on time….what did you do for the youths??????? absolutely nothing!!!!!!!! the court will decide…..

  80. Extradition
    August 25, 2010

    Send them back to France their homeland..Never knew that in my life time i would have a frenchman as my Prime Minister..No wonder we are in that kind of commess!!!!!!

  81. hmm
    August 25, 2010

    U people know that mr pm will win the case! Right now skerro has everyone in power on his side! But hear that na the wicked does enjoy their fruits then they fall watch its just taking time bear patience god not a police, he sees and knows it all!

  82. K.S.Miller
    August 25, 2010

    @Stealth Critique: We have a constitution with laws and we must follow the laws of the land or we become a LAWLESS STATE.

  83. Homeboy
    August 25, 2010

    @Capitalize: Well G. O .D is not a proper noun. This is not a name it is a title..The Creator’s name is Yahweh

  84. hope
    August 25, 2010

    i prefer to leave this matter where it is………the best place………i have faith in the constitution that governs my sweet land and in the judges who sit on our benches.

  85. August 25, 2010

    It was about time but i’m very disappointed with couts decision , can you all see that skerrit payed the ” judge”… dominican remmenber skerrit and perter both they parents live in the french island
    tell me about it and i will tell you more in my next comment… please people wakeup and smell the
    coffee it’s time ..

  86. ZANG
    August 25, 2010

    @GOOD….Wish the law was that they would be jailed, because this arrogant dictator said to the whole world that no law,no constitution can prevent him from breaking the law….SATAN WAS ARROGANT AND HE FELL…….WHO NEXT?

  87. D/can Visiting too
    August 25, 2010

    @Recent visitor: I hope where you are they did not grant you citizenship cause you are too dumb to have that privilage.Development at what cost? Didn’t you notice too mostly foreigners buying out all the best there is cause they have the cash and our silly regime have no laws restricting our prime land being sold to chinese etc. When Skerrit is leaving I hope he takes them too Venezuela or G/loupe withhim.

  88. Hahaah
    August 25, 2010

    @haha: Why do they sell PC to these idiots? What ur mother and pawen praying going to do if he gets screwed when his case is called? Gee wize! These are the idiot that make other peeps think all Da peeps full of it.

  89. They should be
    August 25, 2010

    @GOOD: Check norm moi

  90. What a Joke
    August 25, 2010

    I continue to see the lack of understanding amongst my people. We have a constitution with laws. An elected official holds up a bible, takes his oath and promises to uphold the laws.

    We have a court system, which addresses breach of our laws.

    A judge has given a decision where he saw merit in 2 of the petitions and rejected the others. The judge is not a mad man. The man is experienced. It cannot even be said that he is bias towards UWP because if that was the case all the matters would have been allowed.

    So why are these blind labour party supports making all these uninformed and foolish statements?

    I am seeing persons suggesting “so wat” if the law is broken and making reference to senator when we talking about Prime Minister. Seriously, are educated people commenting on this news site?

    Does this represent the mentality of majority of Dominicans?

    Instead of calling on the PM to step down rather than facing the embarrassment to come, they on DNO making statement in support of the LAWS OF THE LAND being broken.

    When will these people ever learn?

  91. DominicanInUSA
    August 25, 2010

    Well I guess it all over the world cuz now americans want to know if Obama is really a US citizen after he in office. So after skerrit have all you taking blose under chinese, and venezuelans for almost ten years now all you looking into citizenship. Thank God, I have nothing to go back to in Dominica.

  92. jOKE u MAKING
    August 25, 2010

    @possy: you crzy or foolish? The guy is shameless.Dem man so obsessed they not thinking let alone think straight.
    Anyway Skerrit bridge is falling down. 1979 began just the same little things building day by day.
    I hope he have his pipwee or chavez vessels or speed boats or dinkies on the coast at night.
    otherwise he will be Sadamized.

  93. haha
    August 25, 2010

    first of all let me congratulate the dominica labour party for winning these cases. Let me say this to the people who just sit by ideally and say what they want without proper information. Pm Skerrrit was not born in the french country , he earn his citizenship at a tender age from his mother, and the rest of it i will let the court decide but believe me, this case has no bearings, pm skerrit will win this case with proper proof. let all just wait and see.
    In the mean time my grandmother who is 94 is praying, my grandfather who is 98 is praying and my aunty and uncle who are both in 90 are praying, not forgetting my daugther who is 4 also praying for our Pm. God bless our Prime Minister Skerrit and continue to guide him and protect him while he take this loving country of ours to the next level with development.

  94. Anonymous
    August 25, 2010

    Very interesting comments. If Dominica wants to be recognized as a constitutional abiding country, its leaders must lead by example. Too often those in power abuse their powers with impunity. So is the case with our elected leaders, who in their minds think that they are above the supreme law of the land. Surely, they will have their day in court and the people will know the rest of the story.
    DOMINICA IS AT A CROSS-ROAD IN ITS DEMOCRACY.

  95. dr.love
    August 25, 2010

    all those laborites who believe mr. green is us a u.s.citizen,why dont you take the matter to court after he has sworn in as a senator.two wrong cannot make a right.

  96. Tomas
    August 25, 2010

    Deport de frenchman now BON DIEU, before he takes us to de next level!!

  97. Lawyer
    August 25, 2010

    @Fairplay: Is that the issue, non? The real issue you running from is that The PM knew he had dual citizenship, yet disobeyed the law, even publicly and boldly boasted that NO CONSTITUTION, NO LAW, NO LAWYER COULD PREVENT HIM FROM BEING NOMINATED……….The relevant body did not verify whether he had sworn allegiance to France or possessed that FRENCH PASSPORT. So according to the calypsonian, ‘First time in Dominica it have a PM Frenchman putting blows on Dominicans, ah ha, ah ha.’

    But Dominicans, the main concern here is the case of BRIBERY. Dominica is at the mercy of those with dollars, who will continue to use those $$$$$$ to induce, or bribe people with material things, free plane tickets etc. etc to do one thing and that is to come down from wherever simply to vote and return the next day. Did people in the diaspora get free plane tickets? YES. Were those tickets used to travel with the expressed purpose to come to Dominica to vote for a particular political party which issued that ticket? YES. Wasn’t there a list of names available and in the public domain of those to travel? YES. Were the airlines known? YES. Wasn’t $$$$$ budgeted by a certain party so to do? YES. Was the dollars used in that transaction? YES. Did the people come, vote and returned the next day? YES. Does the Dominica Constitution/ Electoral Laws unambiguously and vividly tell us that such inducement or action is BRIBERY? YES. Is such action illegal? YES.

    Therefore, Dominicans, judge for yourself. The law is on our books. Will it take another 2-3 years before the dual citizenship case is called. What about another set of time for appeal? By that time another election would be due. The calypsonian would be extremely right. Come on, so much for JUSTICE in Dominica. JUSTICE DELAYED IS JUSTICE DENIED. Dominica is in trouble. What will happen in the future? Who will trace/investigate the drug lords or Big business or foreign countries or crooks who will induce political parties, politicians with huge sums of money just to control the electoral process and rule the country after?

  98. Capitalize
    August 25, 2010

    @Recent visitor:

    I definitely agree with your possitive contribution.

  99. Capitalize
    August 25, 2010

    @possy:

    Grateful if you would follow the proper noun rules and spell God with a capital G when you are reffering to the supreme God. Just thought that I should point it out to your attention, Thanks.

  100. Anonymous
    August 25, 2010

    @Meee 2: If you feel so strongly about running for elected office to bring about a change in the country you love (my assumption), why would you want to keep your citizenship in another? How will that citizenship benefit those you want to serve? Maybe you should petition to have the law changed, but until then……………………it is what it is.

  101. Prophet2
    August 25, 2010

    Ha ha!

  102. Anonymous
    August 25, 2010

    @Stealth Critique: An elected leader of one nation should not pledge allegiance to another. Dual citizenship means you are aligned to both nations. In times of conflict (not necessarily armed) where does that allegiance lie? Why should the people that you claim serve trust that you will advocate for them and not another. Also, on another note: It is against the law in most commonwealth states (in most states in fact) to hold elected office in one nation while still a citizen of another. That is the harm. Law are laws. If they are to be changed–then so be it ,however, when they are enacted and while they are in effect they should be obeyed an adhered to. There should be no preferential treatment.

  103. Felix
    August 25, 2010

    ….

    PM Skerrit never admitted to having a French passport. He admitted to being a citizen of France since June 1972. I believe the two is not the same as one can be a French citizen without having a French Passport.

    Notwithstanding the court will decide based upon the evidence presented before it at the hearing.

  104. August 25, 2010

    It is a shame! instead of doing the island business, these people are wasting the people’s tax money for nonsense. So! I hold a dual passport, I can’t run for a senator then? This is nonsense. the UWP should spend that energy in working with the PM in bettering our island. I hope no one ever vote for these idiots. That’s what they are IDIOTS

  105. Interesting
    August 25, 2010

    I am happy that they will face the courts. We will see how this plays out. BUT, if they denounce their citizenship and run in by-elections, what will happen? Hmmm

  106. GLEN BECK
    August 25, 2010

    lets see where this goes if Ron Green still a citizen of the us then he cant contest again is all… stop pointing fingers…. workers if u have candidates that are dual citizens get ride of then that goes for labour freedom and pappie wrong is wrong i don’t care who it is

  107. STAY TUNED
    August 25, 2010

    @Fairplay:

    Well if you feel that what you saying is correct, pick up the phone, call one of those laybah operatives and tell them to file a case in the court too. Enough of the talk, action time.

    Stay TUUUUUNED.

  108. troy
    August 25, 2010

    Dont be to happy about the news! this is just a joke . you all will see northing is going to come out from the rest of it!

  109. possy
    August 25, 2010

    papa god! the whole caribbean hearing about dat wee, look shame, how he going to look at th other caricom leaders, so that means the man have been representing Dominica under false pretences all the time? no wonder? well he said he would not leave office poor eh, so he rich now, he can bow out, the cabsec next, but this one smart too, he undermining his namesake all the time so he can take up the position of ambassador in England come February when his contract ends,i want to see what barbara will do now, guess he already started mama ing Vince ……. since thats how she gets to what she wants.

  110. The Third Side
    August 25, 2010

    This is much about do nothing. This case will get no where and the uwp for their love of the courts will spend more time in the courts and keep losing more money.

  111. Workers
    August 25, 2010

    Oh quiet….wait until the EVIDENCE is heard in COURT and THEN we will know who is FRENCH MAN and who is not….and who think that they are above the law and who really isn’t……..so according to the other a#$hole….STAY TUNNED SUCKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  112. Stealth Critique
    August 25, 2010

    What is the perceived harm to the country of dual citizenship? There must be some harm perceived if the UWP feels that they must bring the case to court, for if there is no harm, then this is simply a waste of tax payer money. Surely commenters here would not celebrate if Dominica was not being saved from some harm, so I ask — what is this harm?

  113. possy
    August 25, 2010

    it coming!!! doh worry, god is not a policeman, if i was in thier places, i would resign forthwith to take out shame in my eyes, renounce the citizenship and wait for the next general election, but power is a troublesome thing, when you have it you doh want to let it go, so lets see how it plays out papa

  114. Anonymous
    August 25, 2010

    @Fairplay: Fair play please be quiet. How can Ron Green surrender his American Passport and not his citizenship. Please find somthing better to do with your free time or talk about the facts.

  115. Nana
    August 25, 2010

    Lord continue to look over my PM and Hon. Peter, i break the curse of evil forces on them in the name of jesus. Lord may your will be done. Amen

  116. .............
    August 25, 2010

    @Fairplay:
    ARE YOU AN IDIOT??? RON GREEN GOT HIS US CITIZENSHIP AS A CHILD (HE HAD NO SAY IN THE MATTER AT THAT TIME).
    SKERRIT CLAIMED TO HAVE HIS FRENCH CITIZENSHIP “FROM BIRTH” WHICH MAKES ABSOLUTELY NO SENSE GIVEN THE FACT THAT HE WAS BORN AND RAISED IN DOMINICA TO DOMINICAN PARENTS AND KNOWING HOW STRICT FRENCH IMMIGRATION LAWS ARE.
    THEY WILL SELL ALL YOU DOMINICANS!!! SAY SORT ZOR BIEN SORT!!!!!

  117. Fairplay
    August 25, 2010

    Skerrit’s parents were both born in Dominica. The PM was born in Dominica.His mother(who became a french citizen) got him a passport as a child which he never used.

  118. WATCHER
    August 25, 2010

    SKERRIT SAYS HE KNOW THE LAW OF DOMINICA , SO WHY DID HE NOT REMEMBER YOU
    CANT HAVE DUAL CITIZENSHIP WHEN RUNNING FOR POST IN GOVERNMENT , AND TO ALL MINISTERS THAT MIGHT BE IN THE SAME.!!!!!!!

  119. native
    August 25, 2010

    THE IS THE LAW NOT SKERRIT !!!!!!!!! HE NEEDS TO LET THE LAW DO ITS WORK

  120. GOOD
    August 25, 2010

    CAN’T THEY BE JAILED ?

  121. Recent visitor
    August 25, 2010

    If the judge rules against Mr Skerrit that would be an impedment
    for the growth and development of Dominica. I just returned
    from Dominica and i have never been so pleased about the
    growth and development that is going on in Dominica I returned
    knowing that life in Dominica is great, like every place it has it
    political problem, but Dominicans residing in and out of Dominica
    should be proud of the progress that is ongoing in my country
    on the other hand if he is in violation of the law then it should be addressed
    Politics has always been the downfall of Dominica. ……I will await on the outcome

  122. mouth of the south
    August 25, 2010

    do ya’ll know that France don’t extradite its citizens? hhhmmm okay what this means is i can kill every one in dominica,,, u.s.a wherever and just hop on a plane sipping ciroc enter Paris and live life in the breeze because France won’t send me back to face trial neither will they prosecute me on your behalf,,,,,, so any minister and i mean any red, blue or green minister who has french citizenship should be closely monitored

  123. Anonymous
    August 25, 2010

    @Fairplay:

    WHAT about it?????
    Just file a petition nuh!!!

  124. DA
    August 25, 2010

    Fireworks are coming.. A case similar to this happened to Jamaica and the ministers had to stepped down. So there is a precedence ih the Caribbean. way papa

  125. I SAID STAY TUNED
    August 25, 2010

    By operation of Law…

    By Operation of Law

    By Operation of Law

    Have a nice day!

  126. TWO CENTS
    August 25, 2010

    Justice is slow to come,but i am looking forward to the day when both these men will be sent packing…We could well have been lead over the years by a French Prime Minister…No wonder the resources of the country are being wasted in the way that it is…….WAITING TO HEAR MORE…

  127. Fairplay
    August 25, 2010

    What about Ron Green’s US passport.He also served in the US Peace Corps for several years.He has sworn allegiance to the United States which he did not revoke.His children were given automatic citizenship as a result.He may have surrendered the passport but not the citizenship and benifits…not by his mother when he was a child, as he says.

  128. Anonymous
    August 25, 2010

    Always remember that everything that happens in darkness MUST come out to light.

    Concern Dominican

  129. mouth of the south
    August 25, 2010

    lets see how this plays out,,, if it is wrong to hold dual citizenship as a someone contesting elections according to the constitution then the verdict should not be hard or is it!!!!!!

  130. jim
    August 25, 2010

    That’s good news.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  131. K.S.Miller
    August 25, 2010

    Something had to stick, no one is above the law! How can you be the leader of the state and deliberately disobey the law? Dominica is becoming a lawless state and we must get back on the straight and narrow path. I do not care which party is in office.The right is right and the wrong is wrong no matter who does it.

  132. GOOD
    August 25, 2010

    So happy.! These two guys are Frenchmen,and should be in the parliament of France….Can’t you see what they are doing to the country?

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