Prime minister dispels rumors of impending resignation

Prime Minister Skerrit speaking at a press conference on Monday

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has rejected rumors that he is expected to resign over questions regarding his dual citizenship.

The United Workers Party (UWP) has filed five election petitions to challenge the results of the December 18, 2009 general elections.

“All I can say is that this is a matter before the courts and I don’t want to speak on a matter that is before the court. But I have been hearing rumors about I’ll be resigning this week or next week. I’ve been hearing that, but I dismiss that as it is as just rumors. I just got elected by the people, why should I rush to resign?” Skerrit said at a press briefing on Monday afternoon at the Financial Centre.

He said he is not prepared to discuss a court matter in public, and has urged the opposition to present their evidence to the court.

“Those who say they have a case, they have to present their evidence to the courts. A case is not fought on a talk show programme; a case is fought in the courts and if you have evidence to say what you’re saying then go to the courts. At this stage I’m not going to debate or fight a case on the streets or on the radio … but I will dismiss as just rumors and so forth about my resignation,” the prime minister reiterated.

Skerrit is confident about the court matter, stating that he does not think there is a case against him. “I think they don’t and we think they don’t…but let them present their evidence,” he added.

At last week’s first People’s Parliament Attorney-at-law Geoffrey Letang said the petitioners Ronald Green and UWP’s candidate for Vieille Casse Maynard Joseph are challenging Skerrit on his dual citizenship. They allege that Skerrit is a holder of a foreign passport which he attained as an adult by his own allegiance. According to the law, a person holding dual citizenship has to renounce it before being nominated as a candidate to contest the general elections.

PM Skerrit won the Vieille Case constituency by 1, 041 votes over Joseph’s 148 votes for the UWP.

Letang, a member of the UWP’s legal team, said there is evidence to support their allegations, and it will be presented in court during the case. In addition to this issue, Green is challenging the eligibility of DLP’s candidate Petter St. Jean to be nominated for the general elections.

“Maynard Joseph is asking the courts to declare the election and the return of the first respondent, that’s Roosevelt Skerrit, to be a person who is not qualified to be elected as a representative or a member of the House of Assembly be it by virtue of his own act he holds allegiance/obedience to a foreign power or state. In the case of Roosevelt Skerrit the petitioner Maynard Joseph is asking the court to declare invalid the nomination or election of Roosevelt Skerrit … as an unduly elected candidate… a similar allegation as relates to Petter St. Jean that he also holds dual citizenship and it is alleged he is the holder of a French passport,” Letang explained.

According to him, one does not become the owner of a passport indefinitely since a passport has to be renewed periodically. “If you have gotten the passport as a child after 10 years you have to renew it. So that mean you applying for the passport, you renew the passport, you travel with the passport that is by virtue of your own act; it shows allegiance to a foreign  power or state and as consequence you’ll not be qualified to be so nominated in as much to the electorate as a member of that particular constituency that you went up in,” Letang added.

Edona Jno Baptiste – News Coordinator/Reporter

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84 Comments

  1. Fadi fayad al taoba
    January 29, 2018

    I hope from dominica gov to open an embassy in GCC gulf countries as the no of dominica citizen in increasing last 2 years

  2. Wongping
    February 8, 2011

    Nou vini kon ameritchin.le nou elect un pm, ce apwe nou ka chechee tout timtim bwa sesh,pissa ni zo,kaka ni wassin

  3. continued development
    December 12, 2010

    Maynard SHOULD BE ASHAME OF HIMSELF HE WAS THERE ALREADY AND DID NOTHING FOR VIEILLE CASE. SKERRIT DID HIS JOB FOR HIM BY TAKING CARE OF HIS PARENTS SHELTER.COME WHAT MAY AFTER THE COURT RULING MAYNARD WILL ONLY GET ONE VOTE AND HE WILL STILL VOTE SKERRIT.MAYNARD YOU CANNOT WANT TO FIGHT A MAN OUTSIDE OF THE HOUSE YOU SHOULD BE AN APPOINTED SENATOR UNDER THE UNDER WOMANS PANTY BUT INSTEAD RON AND THE FELLERS HAVE YOU AS A JUJU DOING THEIR DIRTY WORK FOR THEM.GOD WILL GIVE PM FAVOR.

  4. texas
    July 30, 2010

    I visited my country a little while ago and had a discussion with my father about the current goverment, his response was ” skerrit, skerrit, man skerrit is a devil” there are many others who hold that view, that issue here, is not about his so called dual citizenship, rather it is about the political affiliations of some who would oppose for opposing sake.
    About 7 months ago, the opposition party echoed that sentiment island wide in their rhetoric, and political campaigns, it seems that it was fuel for the electorate who took that and went to the polls, and the end result was a landslide victory for the ruling party, the uwp was so badly defeated that they boycoted the house claiming the illegitimacy of the the ruling party, through sound judgement and the need for an oposition they held their seats in the bi elections and the Goverment has a sense of balance of power. The need for more power by the opposition should not be to unseat an elected official through the courts, but it should be, by the free will of the people who reflect it at the ballot box. The good people of viellecase love their man, and are proud to have him represent them and for this cause he has their blessing, maybe the legitimacy of his political aspiration is a model for other young people to follow.

  5. winston warrington
    February 13, 2010

    To Padua

    Your post is reflective of American style journalism – ignore the statement and read between the lines. The PM is referring to the possibility of resigning, to which he replied that he saw no reason to do so as he was just recently re-elected. The issue of dual citizenship was a decision left to the court. The PM’s position is clear – prove that he is a citizen of France and sworn loyalty to that country.

    We have not scrutinized the weaknesses of our constitutional provision for electability. Any Dominican citizen who meets the residency, character and literacy requirements can be elected to public office in Dominica; even if one were a Chinese immigrant who lived in the state for 2 years.

    Consider this: our Chinese representative was not born here and is still recognized by the country of his birth to be a citizen. Natural born citizens(ius soli) are not bound by oath. Is he then required to denounce the country of his birth? Not even the US engages the oath of allegiance for the issuance of a passport.

    The case is made that under the National Civil Code of France,once a citizen of dual citizenship becomes employed in the Civil or Military service of the other country of which he is also a citizen, his French nationality is revoked automatically.

    How come he has a French passport? A passport is a privilege, not a right, which for various reasons, political, humane,trade may be presented to qualifying applicants.

  6. GWATANCE
    February 12, 2010

    HI Dominican Lover

    Your comments are so logical and factual on the SUBJECT MATTER. It will be good to read again the comments of DOMINICAN LOVER COMMENTS as the final comment on this THREAD
    Read also my comment on Feb 9 2010 3.10pm. Now let us move forward.to a matter of more importance such as the IRC regulation for DOMLEC to the needs of its CUSTOMERS

  7. GWATANCE
    February 12, 2010

    HI

    PLEASE READ DOMINICAN LOVER’S COMMENT ON FEB 11 2010 12.15PM

    NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS IF THERE IS A COURT CASE WHICH I DOUBT, WHETHER THE VERDICT IS UNFAVOURABLE TO SKERRIT, THE LABOUR PARTY WILL STILL BE IN POWER AND THERE ARE OTHER CAPABLE MINISTERS/LEADERS IN THE PARTY TO LEAD THE COUNTRY. THEREFORE, WHAT IS THE BIG DEAL. WHAT I SEE IS THE ACTIVITY TO ATTACK ONE INDIVIDUAL WHO HAS ACTUALLY PUT DOMINICA ON THE WORLD MAP. SKERRIT IS NOT THE PM, BUT BE ASSURE HE WILL CONTINUE TO BE ASSOCIATED WITH THE GOOD OF THE COUNTRY.

    THIS SHOULD BE THE FINAL ON THIS THREAD AS I SAID, DOMINICA WILL STILL BE LED BY THE DLP DOMINICAN LOVER’S COMMENT IS CONCLUSIVE ON THIS THREAD

  8. Tony B
    February 12, 2010

    If skerrit is as truthfull as he is suppose to be, he should resign. He has too many negatives about him especially with the Venezulan president and the elections. Dominica belongs tto the poeple and if we need outside help, it should be done with a respectable and truthfull president..

  9. waiting
    February 11, 2010

    ..Well if we have a true constitution we will see what happens.It would not be the saddest day of my life.!!!

  10. Seaman
    February 11, 2010

    @Staytuned

    Please wallow in your hatred…go ahead

  11. STAY TUNED MY PEOPLE
    February 11, 2010

    Once Again,

    Seaman is sticking his/her foot right in the mouth. You are speaking out of emotion and not facts. You are not even aware of what the Pm actually said.

    ..you are disputing what the PM has already admitted.

    Let the clock tick, you my friend will bow your head in shame.

  12. Dominican lover
    February 11, 2010

    Stay tune. I dont know what Skerrit do to you. But The labour party have 18 seats, even if they are to lose Laplain, and even if Skerrit was to resign, just supposing you and your band bobo was to win your court case. The Labour Party would still be in Power. Because let us do the maths. Vielle Cae will always vote Labour, so bye election, Vielle Case Labour seat. Laplain so ron Green may or could win, i dont know, but that will be only one seat, so what are you crowing about. Dominica will still have a Labour Party in Power for the next five years, and come the next election Skerrit will run and win again. This time Skerrit will run in La Plain and he throwing Ron out and Peter running in Marigot to throw Eddison out. so Dominicans living in Dominica getting the government they want which is a Labour Government, for the People by the People..Either way u lost your money eh, because Dominica staying RED. Look a all the nice young men there are to become PM, we have DR. Lawyer. Nurse, Teacher, Agriculturist. Business men. Labour not dead like UWP and Freedom. so stay tune, u should stay tune, and see how the people of Dominica will progress with Labour POwer. Skerrit will be there leading, …
    The only reason there is a case the treasury of dominica like all you money.

  13. Seaman
    February 11, 2010

    @staytuned

    Skerrit will be here to lead Dominica for a very long time. The Constitution is on his side and the majority of Dominicans.

    The Constitution does not rule on hate…so your hatred for Skerrit is not the Constitution.

    ……Skerrit is from Vieille Case, Dominica and no court is going to take that away. Skerrit did not take oath for citizenship or passport, Skerrit does not have allegiance to any other foreign power.

    So if you and your band of evil haters could have proved otherwise you would have done it before the election.

    SO we challenge you evil men to show your evidence so we can smoke you out.

  14. STAY TUNED MY PEOPLE
    February 11, 2010

    SEAMAN must be mistaking a court matter with a general election. What does May 5th and December 18th have to do with a breach of our laws? LOL. I guess you are one of those who feel that the court should go easy on Skerrit because he won 18-3? LOL.

    Wake up my girl/boy. Wake up while it’s early. I doh want this .. to hit you while you’re asleep. Wise up for your own good.

  15. THIBAUD
    February 11, 2010

    STAY TUNED I AM AFRAID THAT THERE IS NO HOPE FOR THESE IGNORANT PEOPLE. YOU WILL NOTICE TOUGH THAT THE LABOR PARTY PEOPLE AR E REALLY QUIET JUST A FEW IDIOTS ..THAT JUST CAN’T SEE PAST THEIR ADORATION OF SKERRIT OR THE BENIFICIAL HOPES- RED CLINIC ETC.. WE ALL KNOW THAT TONY AND THE OTHER LIARS –LAWYERS ARE TRYING TO DO DAMAGE CONTROL BUT FROM THE EVIDENCE IT SEEMS LIKE THEY CAN’T PULL OUT A ROBE A DOP- MUHAMMED ALI STYLE. I WOULD IGNORE THE INSIGNIFICANT FIGHT COMING FROM SEAMAN AND OTHER COLOR BLINDS –THEIR LITTLE PUNCHES CAN’T EVEN HARM A INSECT ON THE WALL.

  16. Eric Cartman
    February 11, 2010

    @ stay tuned: sounds like u’re gloating prematurely to me

  17. Seaman
    February 11, 2010

    @Staytuned, take care you burst an artery or vein. Skerrit is all right…and you and the uwp will always be wrong.

    So keep posting your long thesis about FOX News and CNN.

    Start planning something again against Skerrit, because that one will fall through again.

    05/05/2005
    12/18/2009

    I will give you some other numbers….you might not like it, so in the mean time and between time chill out

  18. STAY TUNED MY PEOPLE
    February 11, 2010

    The problem with alot of young people is that they don’t read, they don’t listen, they don’t analyze. Their parents usually force this one-sided party color loyalty culture down their throats, that they end up speaking even more nonsense instead of using the education they got in school to educate their parents who may have not received that opportunity back then.

    I mean here it is we have a simple, straight forward matter before the court and the comments being displayed here by persons who may have attended school at all levels are very unfortunate.

    Our Constitution says that if you pledge allegiance to another country as an adult, then you are not qualified to run for public office. There are no exceptions to the rule, no ifs, no buts, and no maybes.
    It is alleged that the Prime Minister has violated that law, since according to the evidence to be presented in the court; he acquired French citizenship less than 4 years ago as an ADULT.

    The logical thing for any true laborite or skerrit-ite to do is hope and pray that this alleged action was not true. The law on this is clear, there is no loops holes, no escaping. There is no jury to seat and listen to evidence and witnesses to make a decision. It is just a matter of the lawyer for the plaintiff presenting the evidence obtained from the authorities in France. SIMPLE AS THAT, END OF STORY.

    This is not a murder case. This is not a theft case. This is not a case of rape or indecent assault for crying out loud. Why are my Dominican people displaying all this ignorance and downright stupidity on this news site? The world is reading this. People are making their personal feelings and emotions towards their party and their God (skerrit) allow them to hope that the law of this country will say “OK Skerrit, the people voted for you, 18-3, you have dimples, pageantlover, the outsider, seaman and all the other fanatics all think that the law should leave you alone, so we will leave you alone.” Where else in the outside world do you see things like that?

    We watch CNN, FOX NEWS and etc all the time. Members of parliament who make any slight error or breach of the laws don’t even wait for a trial or an investigation. They taking in front and resigning right away with their wife stand up next to them. No man in any country is above its laws. The same way you guys read all the time on this news site that people are being prosecuted for stealing drumsticks, codfish, crackers and a tin of sausage, IT IS THE SAME WAY THAT ROOSEVELT SKERRIT MAY WELL BE PROSECUTED once the evidence is presented on this historic day in court.

    He may have negotiated 10 thousand stadiums, 5 million scholarships, 100 billion Housing revolution homes, THAT STILL DOES NOT GIVE HIM THE RIGHT TO BREAK THE LAW OF THE LAND.

    I see Dominican Lover talking about people plotting for ministers can put pressure on skerrit. SKERRIT CAUSED THE PRESSURE TO BE ON HIM, BECAUSE IT IS ALLEGED THAT WHEN THEY ASKED HIM ABOUT THAT BEFORE ELECTION DAY HE SAID IT WAS NOT TRUE. BUT DOMINICA SMALL AND PEOPLE DOES TALK PLENTY…

    So continue to wallow in ignorance simply because of some unwarranted hatred for UWP. Some of you who are commenting here were not even of age yet when UWP was in office but is allu that have the most opinion about UWP. One thing that happen while allu are of age is that, JULIUS TIMOTHY-THE SAME UWP FINANCE MINISTER was brought into this cabinet to assist. Yet still, THE SAME UWP will be bashed. Such absurdity.

    The 24 hour clock is ticking. Brace yourselves. The harsh reality will hit this country and all its people who refused to do the right, be firm, be fair.

    Blind supporters of this Dominica Labour Party government will learn THE HARD WAY. You can take all of that and more to the bank – National, Royal, Nova Scotia or LastCaribbean.

    Off I gone, boooooooom

  19. Richard Prior
    February 11, 2010

    Something to laugh about

    Skerrit’s Biological mother is a born CITIZEN of FRANCE, she was born in Guadaloupe. She lived in Guadaloupe for a number of years before Skerrit” birth.

    Skerrit’s mother returned to Dominica to give birth thus Skerrit was born on June 8 1972. Although Skerrit was born in Dominica he was automatically a Citizen of France by virtue of the Fact that his mother is a born citizen of France.

    Two weeks after Skerrit’s birth his mother returned to Guadeloupe with her new born baby boy where she declared him as her child and registered him as a Citizen of France. Skerrit lived with his mother in Guadaloupe for about five years until he was brought back to Dominica to be raised by his Aunt, Nurse Stella and his Grand Mother.

    Skerrit had a French Passport before he was one month old. Therefore, Skerrit French Citizenship is not of his own doing and does not prevent him from being a Parliamentarian.

    It is shameful that the Opposition is now searching for every possible straw to grab at.

    Shame on Pestaina. I think she should resign as DFP leader.

    Jude Nicholas

  20. macoman
    February 11, 2010

    PM Julius Timothy- boy oh boy what a tangled web . OK Tim Tim here is your action plan. Cut Charlo out of the fruit basket. Send Ambrose home. Reshuffle the cabinet declare TIm Tim minister of finance exclusively. Tim Tim will inject a few of his UWP loyal cronies and change the composition of the DABAR Party-like MI DABAR. DUWLP-Dominica United Workers Labor Party – Sound Kind off kool.
    Tim …What are you going to do with the Chinese-Just asking…

  21. Seaman
    February 10, 2010

    Thibaud, you are a shallow person. You have no idea what you are talking about.

    Just to put those ignorant uwp people mind to rest, I will give you th the following numberat s carry significant meaning ….I dont expect you shallow uwp minds to know…but DLP and Dominica and Skerrit will always be victorious.

    And the numbers are 05/05/05 and 12/18/2009. I will come back to give you the astrological and numerological meaning and significance and why the uwp will cease to exist.

    LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

  22. ARROGANCE
    February 10, 2010

    ..He needs to be sent packing.God hates an arrogant person, and he puts them down.MAY HE GET WHAT HE DESERVES!

  23. THIBAUD
    February 10, 2010

    VYBEZ-I am not a hater. I’m just saying what PPL are afraid to say.My grand Ma and Great Grand pa will tell you the same thing-Vielle Case PPL tend to be very arrogant. You go around D/ca particularly the north side of the island and 7/10 ppl will agree.

  24. Dominican lover
    February 10, 2010

    The plot is clever, if they can panic the rest of the labour ministers, to put pressure under Skerrit, or get the members to become disloyal to skerrrit, they are so desperate for power, they are hoping to get to the other cabinet membrs, so we have a repeat of 1979, then they will slide in because they will be the only party prepared as the DLp would be in disarray. They know they have no case, but it is underining of confidence in the PM. Labour supporters be strong, be wise, act wisely. They want what they did not work for.

  25. Prophet2
    February 10, 2010

    I don’t know if Skerrit has chickens, but if he does then they’ve surely come home to roost.

  26. diasporagirl
    February 10, 2010

    Dominicans…for cryin out loud…if some one is wrong then they are WRONG.Nomatter their political background..Stop that biassnesss man and face the facts..Some of you people are too ridiculous……..Remember the opposition is there to go against the present government…hence their nameOPPOSITION.So no one should eve be upset when they bring up issues like thiese.If we were in their shoes we would hv beeen diggin as welll..

    Too may things are benin wrongly done by Skerrit(the dominican God) and some people are TOO RED to see the truth. As the prime minister he should be settin an example for the people…..
    ALL WRONG IS WRONG . .. IT WAS WRONG . SO STOP THAT NONSENSE.that legal system makes no sense in d/a. becoz if a man breaks the law there should be a penalty..it should not take the oposition to pin point these thingz.everyone has thier right to support which ever poplitical party they want..but i will say it agai ALL WRONGN IS WRONG!

  27. THIBAUD
    February 10, 2010

    Thoughtful here is a question for you- do you like to be lied to. Do you see Skerrit as an honest straight up guy? Please don’t tell us that it was an honest mistake like the garbage bin and the land purchase taxes.

  28. Vybez
    February 10, 2010

    Alas, THIBAUD I understand your HATRED for Jean Vieille Case….its not our fault we just cannot help it. Keep hating on us, your hatred will get Skerrit out! When the court decides this case, I want to hear what ppl like you will say……

    In the mean time, we run the show —I suggest you get used to it before all that HATRED you have for us causes you to BURST A BLOOD VESSEL!!!!! :-)

  29. THIBAUD
    February 10, 2010

    THE PENGUINE SPIN DOCTOR MUST BE WORKING OVERTIME TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO LIE TO US ONCE MORE. THEY WERE ABLE TO COVER UP SOME MISGIVINGS BUT ALAS THEY CANNOT COVER UP THE PROOF COMING FROM THE FRENCH MAN LAND . THEY CANNOT USE ANY LEGAL ARM TWISTING FROM DOMINICA TO THE FRENCH MAN LAND.

    CITIZEN IN 1972 – WAIT WE SHALL SEE

    NO MAN NOR LAW CAN PREVENT ME FROM CONTESTING THE ELECTION- I DID NOT SAY SO – SKERRIT DID. SUCH BOLD FACE ARROGANT DISPLAY. TYPICAL OF JEAN VILLE CASE.

  30. Butcher
    February 10, 2010

    Toute Couchon ni Samedi yo ca vini

  31. Thoughtful
    February 10, 2010

    @TWOCENTINPUT, good article but posted but you didn’t post any articles which showed that Mr. Vaz, actually won the by-election that followed, and by a bigger margin than the general elections itself.

    http://www.radiojamaica.com/content/view/16790/26/

    http://www.jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20090324/lead/lead1.html

    I said in an earlier post that Mr. Skerrit’s resignation will have no impact on the political landscape of Dominica. And like Mr. Vaz in Jamaica, it will make him stronger.

  32. I THINK, I THINK
    February 10, 2010

    This is what Skerrit said:
    I just got elected by the people, why should I rush to resign?
    DOES THAT MEAN HE WILL RESIGN BUT HE’S JUST NOT RUSHING TO DO IT????

    Skerrit is confident about the court matter, stating that he does not think there is a case against him. “I think they don’t and we think they don’t…but let them present their evidence,” he added.
    I THINK???? I THINK? ..
    OH MY GOSH…….

  33. MADAMEB
    February 10, 2010

    And lets assume he holds dual citizenship, to whom should his loyalty lie? This is whey there is an issues (in general with dual citizenship) assuming again that the Caricom, ALBA, and other states for what ever reason go to war and that war just happens to be against France, where are we to suppose his allegiance will lie? Will he go to war and fight for France as is his duty?
    In a position such as his, he ought to have allegiance to one country and that should be to Dominica.
    I am no longer stunned by the ignorance of Dominicans, in fact in a sad way I am amused by it. We fail to understand the consequences of specific actions yet boldly speak so loudly from ignorance. EDUCATE YOURSELVES, and speak out of knowledge and wisdom.
    Time will tell….. he cannot escape his fate.

  34. Seaman
    February 10, 2010

    @Staytunedmy people:

    I am not one of the ignoramus uwp. you people are like a blight on DA. The day uwp was created we have seen a never ending to political bickering and political division.

    But we have news for you….25,000 plus of us voted for the leader of DA and to think you and your nonsense people will disrupt the country, you don’t see nothing yet.

    And just to let you know, no matter what amount of court proceeding you bring on Skerrit , you guys don’t have a case.

    UWP will never for a government in DA…we don’t want people like you those uwp running our country.

  35. The Outsider
    February 10, 2010

    Before Mr Skerrit, the other islands seldom paid attention to Dominica. Now he is here, all eyes have been on Dominica (positively). He has, with this assistance of foreign investors, help to further develop the island, to which Dominicans should be most grateful.

    Believe me when I say that his portfolio has been enhance throughout his political career, so he will easily find employment outside of his beloved island. At the drop of a hat, islands such as Barbados, BVI, Bermuda and Montserrat – the list is endless, will welcome him with open arms.

  36. pageantlover
    February 10, 2010

    Now if i understand well ” A born dominican who left his counrty to seek a better life elsewhere should not gain nationality where it is possible and then decide to come back home and try to improve his country?” WELL ,WELL, WELL, UWP representative really getting me sick everyday. I wanted a change but I realise that they just pushing me more and more out of that party. I can’t believe that this court case – if any there is- is done by high educated people who are supposed to represent me. STOP SEEING the bad in a dual citizenship. So you are trying to tell me that after politics Skeritt has no life?! OH please all I can see is jealousy behind that.
    Let’s make our counrty grow, start seeing our economy make a move.
    DO NOT CHANGE THE LAW – if any- I am coming back to go up for election whether it is mayor or parliment rep in the next 5 years. I specificly went to “ENA” school of politics just to be able one day.

  37. TRUE DOMINICAN
    February 10, 2010

    Boy Dominicans stupid, i vex like hell in here …leave the man alone and look to buil oour lovely country Dominica

  38. Dominican lover
    February 10, 2010

    Now Eddison James holds British and Dominican citinzenship, does that mean he should not have been Prime MInister of Dominica or a member of Parliament. The Prime Minister did not have to take an oath to get his French citizenshp, he was entitled to it because of his mother. Like all British born children of all of us Dominicans in the Diaspora, our children are entitled to Dominican passports if they so chose.
    Now the difference is those who go to America and take the Oath of allegiance to America which states they have to deny any other country. Now all the MDR and the supporter of UWP are the ones with American dual citizenship and have taken oath to deny their country Dominica, now they cannot bear the fact that Dominica getting somewhere with China.
    Now the whole world looking to China and our PM as shrewd or smart enough to get in first.These educated envious crabs, trying to distabilise Dominica for the white people that paying them. The same white people that hate Obama is these people they have paying them to undermine our demorcracy and bring dowm the PM. Dominicans be vigilant. .
    Desperate men doing desperate things for power. Dominicans, instead of joining together, to work together to improve the country, they are spending their time polarising the country into sides.They dont want country to unite behind a good leader. They are envious, the type of black people that will help bring down a black man. The crabs in the box. Th envious. Just dont want to see a black man rise, let us bring HIm down. That is what we are dealing with.
    Now Dominica is an independent nation, we can change the Laws to suit our needs. There are many Dominicans who can serve the country, but are unable to because of the dual citizenship clause. We need to address this issue so we can move on and get the best of our people, serving, for the good of the island. entitlement to citizenship does not mean one have denounce nationality, even holding a passport does not mean one have denounce citizenship. so our PM is within his rights, to be PM as he did not denouce citizenship, he just availed himself of something which was his right. Dominicans when we hold hands together one with another no one can bring us dowm. When we try to distroy one another we prove we are nothing but slaves, no matter our educational status.
    Much different than those who took American citizenship denoucing loyalty to thier country.

  39. STAY TUNED MY PEOPLE
    February 10, 2010

    @SEAMAN,

    I guess you fall in the category of those blind supporters who still cannot see what is approaching even if it is glaring all of us in the face. Your eyes and your ears so red, .. When will my dominican people wise up? LOL…

  40. February 10, 2010

    I don’t think the Prime Minister will step down, or give up his dual citizenship. I know he has an Ace up his sleeve. Am not even bothering myself about that storm in a TEA cup.

  41. Eric Cartman
    February 10, 2010

    Things looking kind of sticky for Skerro, sad to say.

    He got some brilliant legal minds on his team they already know how this decision is going to play out. And based on his latest comments he doesn’t sound too confident at all.

    Jeez these workers people are going to have a second Carnival is Skerrit is ousted

  42. Seaman
    February 10, 2010

    ..
    WOW…WOW…WOW…uwp circus

    But if the uwp think by attacking Skerrit, they will succeed…THE UWP WILL LOSE AGAIN.

    Earl Wlliams was leader of opposition and ….. you all can complete the rest of the sentence

  43. February 10, 2010

    Skerrit will face a similar fate, once the case is called. please click on the link below and read on. This leaves us to search for our next prime minister within the labour party.. Now that’s going to be a sight to behold since it is alleged that many of the senior elected members carry some scars of corruption or disloyalty and the juniors have little to no experience at management.

    The big question remains…. Who will replace Skerrit ???

    http://www.jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20080412/lead/lead1.html

  44. just a thought
    February 10, 2010

    why cant we focus on nation building?

  45. Nica
    February 10, 2010

    Dominicans stop the stupidity and ignorance, when something is wrong, it is wrong. It’s obvious the pm is the one that’s bringing us to a new low, …

    Nowhere in the world you brake the law of any institution or organization and you are been told, well you didn’t do that right go back and do it. Not in sports, you can’t say well you miss kick the penalty which you have made you loose the game hence the championship, so let you kick it again. Not in life, you can’t say you didn’t know you brake would have give way on a dangerous hill, hence tumbling down and dying in the precipice, you can’t change it after the act. Neither should he be allowed to just denounce his french citizenship and and allow to run in a by election.

    I say this to say the pm .. he should not be allow to run until the next general election 5 years later.

  46. xman
    February 10, 2010

    ok for u skerrit dogs your master can do no wrong? no man is aboue the law puppys ,skerrit is just a man stop worship him he is not god i wonder if you skerrit worshipers pray to the real god for your country

  47. STAY TUNED MY PEOPLE
    February 10, 2010

    Well well welll….

    I kept saying to these people under many news item to stay tuned. While they are busy bashing their UWP, I advised them to look deep within the camp of the party they blindly support to find out what cooking in the pot. I have been taken to task many times when I draw this matter to the attention of many persons in the public. They dismiss it as “nonesense”, “which court case that?”, “allu lying on de man” and etc etc.

    Today after two news items, one on the SUN and one here on DNO, Roosevelt Skerrit and senoir members of the DLP have not denied that skerrit broke the law with respect to the french citizenship. Instead, we have heard things like:

    “it all depends on who you talk to to replace the PM in the event he loses the case”

    “He have admitted he is a French Citizen. It is just a matter of time before that thing (Skerrit losing the case) comes through”

    – “not Timothy and certainly, not Ambrose George, they are totally useless. Do you think skerrit will put any of them to replace him? You Mad”

    “There are 18 elected members so if one goes there are 17 more”

    Now if some people start reading and listen and educating themselves they too would realise what is quickly approaching. After reading this article and the one on the SUN, all who want to remain in denial that is their business.

    Skerrit said just before election that he attained French Citizenship in 1972, but today he is moomoo, he cya speak now, all he has to say is the matter is before the courts. Yet still, I am seeing some blind supporters refusing to wake up and smell the cuffy.

    There is no such thing as wasting the courts time. The court don’t just go ahead and hear any case from tom, dick and harry. Submissions are made in advance and both lawyers are made aware of the cases being presented.

    The talk of a bi-election is not possible based on our constitution. The UWP candidate had an obligation to inform the elected voters in the consituency of the fact that skerrit is not eligible and why, HE DID SO. The fact that there were only 2 candidates running, according to THE LAW, all of skerrit’s votes will be disqualified. There would have only been a bi-election if there was a 3rd candidate. That bi-election would be between the remaining 2 candidates. There is a period of time after you denounce that you can run and it certainly aint a short of some people here believe. So skerrit’s chance of being in any bi-election IF THERE WERE more than 2 candidates is a NO NO NO. So any way you look at it, the man’s days are numbered. WHY? Cause the constitution says so.

    Let the clock continue to tick. Fundemental lessons will be learned when the dust settles. The lessons which were not learnt prior to December 18th. We need to read more, listen more, analyse and educate ourselves.

    Grace Mercy and Peace, with lazer bean scrutiny.

  48. Sianguk
    February 10, 2010

    If the petition on the PM dual citizenship is as detailed here, UWP will lose.

    The petition should be that “a member of the house and/or holder of the office of PM”, can not hold dual nationality.

    I hope that the UWP have not let slip such an important matter for Dominica.

  49. LCM
    February 9, 2010

    People, the question of dual citizenship is not about the PM. If it is proven that he is not eligible then the constitution should be respected.

    It may sound as political rambling but the fact that the PM admits to having a french passport is enough to warrant an investigation. If our “just” legal system proves has not broken the law then he should continue to serve. If he has broken the law then he should step down whether or not he was elected by the people of villecase. This indicates a problem in our political process that needs fixing.

    The appointment and nomination process should go for every individual who goes up for election. If he steps down the labour party has the majority in parliament to amend the constitution so he can get back in the next General elections.

    The bottom line is we all must abide by the constitution of Dominica and there cannot be any exceptions. No one is above the constitution neither the opposition nor the majority party.

    Let us see the courts interpretation. I hope it will be decided by a panel of Justices and not just one because it is a serious matter.

  50. Thoughtful
    February 9, 2010

    @ILLUMINATE, there is no embarrassment to come. This is not a unique case to DA. The dual citizen issue has been a pain to many former colonies of Britain and many of them are working towards getting rid of it all together from their books.

    When many colonies asked for their independence, Britain wanted to keep some semblance of the former glories of the empire and dictated to the colonies that citizens of the Commonwealth can actually run for political office in any of the former colonies. This means someone from Australia, for example, can run for political office in Dominica after living there for a short period of time.

    But, anyone who pledge allegiance to another country outside the Commonwealth is not eligible to run for political office.

    Its ridiculous and its time that we follow some of our Commonwealth partners and start thinking of getting this out of our books,

  51. Seriously?
    February 9, 2010

    and people that say Dca moving forward… is 1 or 2% considered GROWTH? when u factor in wages/ salaries are the same yet the cost of living is steadily rising, jobs creation is almost a none entity- WHAT do us as a people consider economic growth?
    every project in Dominica takes twice as long as it should and this is blatantly poor management and unnecessary waste of money.
    i am all for the modernization for our infrastructure but have many of us make a bread form all those projects? but it’ll be our tax that’ll will have to maintain it.

  52. Seriously?
    February 9, 2010

    but why is it so hard for a leader that loves his country so much, renounce allegiance to any other country, and devote themselves solely to their country?

    There is a case against him, why then would the PM of Barbados make comments in support of him in the regard that it should be ok for leaders to have two passports?

    so in the end its not UWP thaz wasting time, .. why didn’t he just renounce his french passport on nomination day?

  53. Seaman
    February 9, 2010

    The uwp is the most dumb people/organization that has ever created in DA.

    Tell them bring their evidence. If the uwp had the evidence, why didn’t they stop Skerrit from running in the first place.

    Think people think…uwp loves a circus

  54. Love Dominica
    February 9, 2010

    For the so call scholars. Am a Dominica holding an European passport. A passport can expired.
    Nationalization can’t. Unless taken away from you.

  55. ILLUMINATEa
    February 9, 2010

    It is unfortunate that politicians play games with our rights and previledges. If we replay Skerrit’s response to the allegations we shall come to the conclusion that the man is all about lies, lies and more lies. Even more Skerrit displayed so much arrogance insuring that he has no respect for the laws of the Land. ” No man or law can prevent me from being part of the nomination process” Now that Skerrit is against the ropes and that his resignation seem invitable those words of denial and the declaration of impunity is but an insult to all law abiding Dominicans.
    In as much as we all believe that we should move on ,the opposition UWP included we cannot allow one man to knowingly break the law and walkaway with a smile. I would like to think that the resignation of the PM should not be the only consequence. Politicians are not above the law.
    Had Skerrit openly admitted to his dual citizenship and immediately denounce that of the French then the country would not have been placed in this embarrasing situation. The question is ” What else did he lie about” I would like to think that Tony Astaphan was not part of the decision to lie to the public.
    Should Skerrit resign what are we left with – Ambrose George? Instead of wondering about the leadership of Carricum we should start thinking of the embarassment to come.The resignation of the PM will be like a ruptured septic tank- there will be filth, bad smell and all the denial of corruption will come full face.

    I hate to say I told you so – But I did forecast the early resignation of the PM . Stay Tuned THERE IS MUCH MORE TO COME- THE ILLUMINATE . MORE SHALL BE REVEALED.

  56. February 9, 2010

    well one thing our constitution is not retroactive likethe IPO SO IPO PEOPLE WAT YOU AL GOINGTO DO NOW.

  57. February 9, 2010

    STUPES WHERE WHEN HOWWWWWWWWWWWW THE HELL IS HE GOING TO RESIGN THOUGHTFUL U R SO RIGHT I BACK U U 1000% PERCENT

  58. February 9, 2010

    THE U.W.P ALWAYS HAVE EVIDENCE.HOPE THEY HAVE EVIDENCE THAT OUR COUNTRY IS MOVING FORWARD WHILE THEY WANT THE PRIME MINISTER TO WASTE TIME IN COURT WITH THERE BULL……..

  59. Truth B Told
    February 9, 2010

    If the evidence shows that the Honourable Prime Minister did if fact acquire his French citizenship as an adult, thereby rendering him ineligible to contest to represent the Vielle Case constituency, he will simply have to renounce his French citizenship and contest once again in a by-election, which he will undoubtedly win yet again.

    This seems to be a tempest in a tea cup, a waste of time and resources on all parts… no surprise there it seems to be the modus operandi of the UWP. They never offer anything constructive or positive, but rather constantly strive to bring Dominica to new lows – what a shame.

  60. steve
    February 9, 2010

    (((((((( Dominicans can we please follow the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Dominica !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Regardless of what party we belong to the constitution governs the law of the land. I really believe come september the Constitution and its history should be introduced in primary school and re emphasised in high schools.

  61. Lester
    February 9, 2010

    I am in full agreement with those who advice the Prime Minister and any other minister who may be a citizen of another land to renounce that country’s Citizenship, thereby paving the was for by elections or even fresh general elections.

    But wait. ..

    I suspect what the plan is though. This is bigger than just citizenship. The UWP has seen an opportunity through which to improve their representation in parliament by fielding in voters in constituencies where the margin was rather slim, thus wickening the very large majority presently enjoyed by the Government of the day.

    Even as an individual who is not at all a supporter of the UWP, I find their strategy to be a rather good one. The only question left to be answered is that of the results being in accordance with their desires. For that to happen, the workers need time and more time.

  62. February 9, 2010

    It was always about DEMOCRACY and the CONSTITUTION that is what is at stake. I do believe if the PM knew he held both citizenships it was incumbent on him to renounced it before running for office but remember he said not even the Constitution could stop him well it is up to the Courts to decide the law and excericise it for no one is above the law
    I do not believe their should be another Election of cause I am sure their will be a by-election if the PM is ask to resigned his position we also do not want the acting PM to be the man in charge he can never ever match up to SKERRIT.
    To the people at home you got to understand that this matter haven got anything to do with party politic this is an opportunity to witness Democracy at work…

  63. sunshinegual
    February 9, 2010

    Mwe mem having a Green Card as in the case of Peter Carbon and being a citizen of another country as in the case of Skerrit are two different issues. Go educate yourself please

  64. On De fence
    February 9, 2010

    It is obvious that many many people are underestimating the intelligence of the PM’s lawyers, its not because they don’t comment on these silly comments to believe they do not know what to do or say.

    The comment, “Rust to resign” doesn’t mean anything. The PM does not have to give the defence any advice or information or to say to them what he has or anything for that matter.

    The lawyers for Ron and his other plainfiff have to prove their case, and from all that I know they will have a very difficult time doing so, the end result, shame and disappointment to the plaintiff.

    PM Skerrit has won his case, the end result. “Mark those Words”

  65. NIKE
    February 9, 2010

    THOUGHFUL, you made an excellent point. EXCELLENT indeed!!!!! Some of us are so shallow that we cant even read and compare information. We make things sound like they happen only in DA.

    Lets bet if this is the case thats what will happen, all of Dominica will head down to Vieille Case and finish with UWP race once and for all.

  66. Liberated
    February 9, 2010

    If i recall, this is Skerrit’s second term in office, if his passport wasn’t an issue then, why is it now? Sour, sour, grapes. Shame on you (UWP). Skerrit remains the best leader for DA. None to compare.

  67. child
    February 9, 2010

    isnt it time for us to move on …who cares who has what ,lets all look for the country to move on .not that i support skerrit ,but if he is the man to move the country forward give him a break .if he doesnt perfom then we (well,not we but the labourites) wont vote for him again ..DOMINICAN LETS JUST MOVE ON PLEASE…………

  68. Padua
    February 9, 2010

    Very good observation Eric Cartman. I think that response from the PM does suggest the possibility and potentiality of him resigning.

    Inherently, it indicates that his defense may be permeable to judicial scrutiny.

    That response was ill advised Mr. PM and your press and legal advisers should be scolded. I am definitely concerned about their advice to you.

    If this does not go well, I hope you are prepared to clean house in the future.

    What the hell is Penguin/Puppet Master being paid?

  69. max
    February 9, 2010

    .. Skerrit is on the ropes and still talking tough. He should do the right thing and resign.…… Don’t cry for Dominica folks we have a functioning democracy and our country will be ok. No one is indispensable including Skerrt and Ron Green. Our country will be fine folks.

  70. Dominican lover
    February 9, 2010

    At some point i wanted to sympathise with the UWP. However, with this nonsense they have continued, disrespecting the dominican people choice, i am hoping the case is called soon and when they lose, then they should be made to pay cost, then the PM should take them to court,for defamation. Even thought there was an election tomorrow Labour would win even bigger than they did on the 18th. UWP remind me of those who betrayed Toussaint L”Overture. He was doing good for his counry Haiti and the opposition betrayed him. UWP are just like them, betraying there country for power.
    PM chaba forte, hold strong, they cannot bring you down, you born Dominica. You eligible.

  71. chiensal
    February 9, 2010

    If the PM is disqualified then he might be banned from taking part in election or be jailed. When he steps down as a Parl Rep and PM he can and will be arrested for breaking the law. What judge will let him off easy when he said no judge, lawyer or constitution can stop him from being nominated especially when he knew he was breaking the law? None will let him off easily. So the plan to renounce his citizenship and return as PM will not work. Sorry. LOL. He came in as a hero but if he loses that case he leave office as a zero. He did some good things in office but the corruption and lies will be his downfall. Instead of his supporters cautioning him about that they supporting the corruption and lies. So he must think he right and show total disregard for the law. The reason the constitution is against that type of dual citizenship is simple. If there is any dispute between the French and us will the decisions he make be more beneficial to us or to the French? Look at how we are treated when we enter Guadeloupe and Martinique, we are treated like rejects. Have we ever thought why this has not yet been solved? St. Lucia citizens have absolutely no problem entering these French islands. So why should we? The PM is obligated to both us and the French. If he went in 2006 for that citizenship would he do anything to lose it? The answer is no! The writers of the constitution knew why they made that law. Please people use your heads and don’t follow these politicians blindly. Please tell them when they are wrong because if you don’t they will think they are right and continue. If the DLP supporters insisted that Skerrit renounce his citizenship before nomination day then we would not be in this dilemma today. Anyway thats just my 2cents and remember that the world is watching.

  72. GWATANCE
    February 9, 2010

    WHAT UTTER STUPIDNESS, DOMINICA’S IS POLITICAL PATTERNED UNDER THE WESTMINISTER (UK) DEMOCRATIC PARLIAMENTARY SYSTEM. THERE ARE PEOPLE WITH DUAL CITIZENSHIP WHO ARE NOMINATED AND SELECTED AS CANDIDATES AND ELECTED FOR LOCAL AND MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS, THE DUAL CITIZENSHIP WAS NOT AN HINDRANCE.

    THEN WHAT IS THE BIG DEAL ARE WE GOING TO ALLOW THIS TO PREVENT THE WAY FORWARD AND FURTHERMORE CAN YOU HONESTLY POINT OUT TO ME ANYONE IN THE UWP/DFP ABLE TO BRING THE COUNTRY TO THE NEXT LEVEL?? RON MADE SO MANY PUBLIC ERRORS WITH HIS UNNECESSARY FORCASTING THE WRONG DATES FOR THE LAST ELECTION, I BELIEVE HE WOULD MAKE MANY MORE WRONG DECISION FOR THE GOOD OF DOMINICA.

    LET US MOVE FORWARD AND STOP WASTING OUR TIME WITH THE STUPIDNESS WILL YOU
    GOD BLESSES OUR COUNTRY DOMINICA. ALL THE TIME

  73. Neg Lawi
    February 9, 2010

    If is true….there is more to come and both side will be sorry

  74. Eric Cartman
    February 9, 2010

    “I just got elected by the people, why should I rush to resign?” Skerrit said at a press briefing on Monday afternoon at the Financial Centre.

    ——————————————————–

    Wow those words “RUSH TO RESIGN”, not a good sign at all. Like he’s saying yes he will resign eventually but he won’t rush?

    Hmmmm. The precedent has already been set so its quite possible for the courts to say he’s ineligible.

    The plot thickens i guess.

  75. Thoughtful
    February 9, 2010

    I don’t think if Skerrit resigns there will be another general election.

    There will certainly be a by-election in his constituency and that area is a strong Labor stronghold hence the UWP has no chances of winning there.

    However, if push comes to shove, and there is another general election the chances of the UWP winning is very slim indeed.

    My advice to Skerrit is to follow the example of Daryl Vaz in Jamaica. After he had won his constituency during the last general election in that country, Mr. Vaz was accused of being an American citizen. He resigned and gave up his American citizenship. In the by-election that followed he beat his rival by an even larger margin than the general election itself. Mr. Vaz’s re-election was a humiliating defeat for the opposing party and sealed his position in the constituency.

    So Mr. Skerrit’s resignation won’t have any impact on the political landscape of Dominica and could even make him stronger.

  76. vybez
    February 9, 2010

    @ RESPECT: what r u really trying to say? n whats up with all these capital letters?!

    Any-ways, why can’t the court decide? If Skerrit loses he will resign? I cannot wait to hear/see the evidence which the UWP has!

  77. People Power
    February 9, 2010

    Just remain focus Honourable Skerrit. Let the dogs continue to bark and do your job. The people elected you, so just serve them. Forget the rumours cause you will have your day in court.

  78. Respect
    February 9, 2010

    ZOOM ZOOM ZOOM THE SECRET IS BURST- SOUR SOUR. HOLD ON THE RIDE IS ABOUT TO GET BUMPYWAIT MY

  79. Young Man in Dominica
    February 9, 2010

    I think that it is high time that this court case starts so it can be over with cause i dont like the general picture its panting for Dominica. I mean election pass time to start looking for country.Also i think that the level of respect amoung polititions for our constitution is very poor, its high time that the PM let these people respect him. This man is our prime minister the face that the world is ort to know the person that speek for us and represent us this on and on story about all kind of nonsense needs to be address. This is distroying the very person that we are suppose to respect and trust with our country.

    In addition i think that the members of the opposition if they fail in court with these stories should be held responsible for their actions and the deformation of the PM image and chracter

  80. Concern
    February 9, 2010

    Mr. Letang has a point, if this passport is valid and usable then he Mr. Skerrit would have to renew that passport and he would have to do so as an adult. This is heard was the reason why they the labour party decided to allow that other lady in Wesley to contest the seat instead of the lady who return from Canada.

    Now what they were running from came back and is bitting them in he behind

  81. renn
    February 9, 2010

    Will Ron Green and and his good for nothing lawyers just shut up! zor ped.Labour can give allu 6 seats allu still lost. Let the country progress. Just nonesense those uwp can talk. Ron Green doe have an up to date us passport nah. MY child is American citizen born in st. thomas. I renew her passport every five years. When she come adult she have to renew it every ten years.I sure ron green in politics more than 10 years so he already renew his us passport.SO what allu talking about.

    Let the P.M do what the elected people put him in power for. He won fair andsquare . the people have spoken . If he was not good he would not have won that big majority

    So i totaly agree with you Mr. PM .Let the rumors just fly. They have accuse you of worse things Is why we will never vote for them.Just making markaqui with themselvs.
    But Mr P.M you are a good man. Me and all my family pray for you . I think you have a good heart and really care about your people. May God continue to richly bless you.

    For the last time uwp allez possay kor zor. zor ped. ley mayjastay..

  82. February 9, 2010

    I have every feeling that the courts will obey the law and render Skerrit ineligible to hold the seat if he infact attained dual citizenship as an adult. I foresee him being disqualified. Should this be the case it is my belief that the DLP will call new elections during which time Skerrit will renounce his French citizenship and become eligible to represent the Vielle Case people.

    This would only serve to strengthen his support base because the majority of Dominicans approves of the way that he is managing the affairs of the country. UWP may end up loosing another seat (Roseau central) if new elections are called. Ron Green will be beaten worse than he expects.

    It will not be in the countries best interest to have another general election soo soon. IT would destabilize the chairmanship of Carricom which Dominica now holds not to mention the cost to tax payers. I wonder if anyone can tell how much it cost the country to have a public holiday? I would really like to know.

    It would have been much cheaper for Dominica if Skerrit had simply renounced his french Citizenship before nomination day. Now the only thing that he would have to do to discredit the UWP would be to now publish his proof of renouncement

  83. postage
    February 9, 2010

    uwp too late for d party.. too late. All forget Peter carbon former wesley MP. ….Now because U all got a big kick in all A** all u wanna come braying.lol boys all u too late for the party. Long live Labour

  84. mwe mem
    February 9, 2010

    bwavo coco

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