Prime Minister Skerrit takes oath of office (photo gallery)

Officials on hand to witness Prime Minister Skerrit take oath of office: (l-r) Attorney General Francine Baron-Royer, Senior Counsel Anthony Astaphan, Attorney Alick La
Officials on hand to witness Prime Minister Skerrit take oath of office: (l-r) Cabinet Secretary Felix Gregoire, MP-Elect Ambrose George, former minister Charles Savarin, Attorney General Francine Baron-Royer, Senior Counsel Anthony Astaphan, Attorney Alick Lawrence
Prime Minister Skerrit flanked by invitees to his swearing in ceremony Monday: (l-r) Emmanuel Nanthan, Prime Minister Skerrit, Attorney Alick Lawrence, Senior Counsel Anthony Astaphan
Prime Minister Skerrit poses with guests at swearing in ceremony Monday: (l-r) Emmanuel Nanthan, Prime Minister Skerrit, Attorney Alick Lawrence, Senior Counsel Anthony Astaphan
Officials on hand to witness Prime Minister Skerrit take oath of office: (l-r) Cabinet Secretary Felix Gregoire, MP-Elect Ambrose George, former minister Charles Savarin, Attorney General Francine Baron-Royer
Officials share a light moment at swearing in ceremony for Prime Minister Skerrit: (l-r) Prime Minister Skerrit, MP-Elect Ambrose George, former minister Charles Savarin, Attorney General Francine Baron-Royer, Attorney Alick Lawrence
Officials share a light moment at swearing in ceremony for Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit: (l-r) former minister Charles Savarin, Attorney General Francine Baron-Royer, former foreign affairs minister Vince Henderson
Prime Minister Skerrit confers with guests at his swearing in ceremony Monday
MP-Elect Kelver Darroux at swearing in ceremony Monday
President Liverpool looks on as Prime Minister Skerrit takes oath of office: (l-r) President Liverpool, Prime Minister Skerrit, Cabinet Secretary Felix Gregoire, President's Secretary Donnille Blackmoore

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41 Comments

  1. January 26, 2011

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  2. labourite...
    December 2, 2010

    some Dominicans just have too many negative vibes under their tongue. Mr pm will be in office forever. who vex boss; vcase i from.. let the man do his work and stop criticizing him and his cabinet. blessings..

  3. August 2, 2010

    I dont know who you think you are, but youre just blowing smoke out your ears. Nothing youre saying makes sense and its all a bunch of immature ranting. If you want people to get behind your blog, you should at the very least learn a little something about what youre talking about!

  4. Helen
    July 22, 2010

    @ S.J, how comes ur eyes reach all the way down there, eh?

  5. hELEN
    July 22, 2010

    HOHOHOHOH MERRY CHRISTMAS. lABOUR POWER

  6. whatever
    January 13, 2010

    uwp supporter Mr.pm really looks older he better watchout .With all that money i hope he’s thinks of hiring an individal to take care of is appeareance because he’s looking bad dajah.

  7. SADAM HUSSEIN
    December 29, 2009

    skero ,i bet u wasnt thinking politics when you take the first set of pictures (your pant dont look right )oh how my fellow labourites have aged .mano aged alot and skerro aged like crazy .lawrence looked the same .

  8. s.j
    December 25, 2009

    hah THATS TRUE

  9. TO MARIGOTIAN.
    December 25, 2009

    MARIGOTIAN LIKE TO SAY HOW PEOPLE LOOK LIKE THATS THE BAD THING WITH THEM BUT U ALL MUST CHECK THE BACK YARD FIRST BEFORE COMMENTING .

  10. KENT
    December 25, 2009

    BARDUILL AS PORT MINISTER

  11. first time voter
    December 25, 2009

    mr pm is for the young the old and for everybody i didnt regret giving him my support. and my first x didnt go to vain. way to go mr PM u realy taking dominica forward.forward we go backwards never.

    support our leader
    first time voter

  12. marcus
    December 24, 2009

    labour for.ian is our man in possie

  13. jocco
    December 24, 2009

    Tony ‘Penguin’ Astaphans appropriate, rather good, just about describes the character.

  14. jen
    December 24, 2009

    To the Prime Minister and the people of Dominica congratulations to you all. May the lord guide and protect you throughout the next five years. I have no clue what the people are going through because I am not there to witness it, so I will pray and hope for the best. Now it’s all about unity and working towards a better tomorrow. GOOD LUCK.

  15. boldfacecity squatter
    December 24, 2009

    TO GOD BE THE GLORY. DO we believe in god anymore?ARE WE SAYING THAT THE DEVIL HAVE MORE POWER THAN GOD?ASK YOUR SELF, IF GOD DIDN’T WANT LABOUR TO WIN, COULD THEYHAVE DONE IT?IMPORTED VOTERS, STEALING BALLOT, BRIBERY, OR ANYTHING ELSE? HAVE WE STOPPED TO ASK OUR SELVES THAT? MAY GOD HAVE MERCY ON ALL OF US, THAT DOUBT THE POWER OF GOD, TO DO AS HE “GOD” ALONE CHOOSES TO DO.

    PRIME MINISTER, GOD HAVE GIVEN YOU CHARGE OF HIS PEOPLE, IT IS UP TO YOU, TO SEEK “GOD’S ” FACE DAILY, WHAT IS HIS WILL, AND HOW TO DO HIS WILL, DO NOT FORGET WHAT HAPPEN TO THOSE WHO THINK THAT THEY COULD TRAMPLE ON “GOD’S” CHILDREN, “GOD NEVER PUT ANYONE IN AUTHOURITY TO TRAMPLE OR SQUEEZE HIS CHILDREN, REMEMBER THAT AND YOU WILL DO WELL, THOSE WHO TRUST IN THE LORD WILL NEVER BE ASHAMED.

    MR PORTSMOUTH PARL. REP. WE HAVE SHOWN YOU AND ALL OF THE WORLD THAT WE BELIEVE IN YOU, NOW IT IS YOUR TURN TO SHOW US, THAT YOU DO THE SAME, WE READY TO WORK. IT IS OUR TIME NOW, 50 YEARS OF LABOUR, NOW WE ON OUR RETIREMENT. SO PEOPLE DOH HATE US FOR WE HAVE WORKED FOR IT.

    FELLOW LABOURITE, LET US WORK WITH OUR GOVERNMENT TO MOVE DOMINICA, FORWARD, TOGERTHER WE MUST TAKE DOMINICA TO THE NEXT LEVEL, AND THAT IS DEVELOPMENT AND MORE DEVELOPMENT. MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL AND A PRODUCTIVE 2010.

  16. not even the constitution can stop me
    December 23, 2009

    Look at the SHAME Anthony Astaphan and Savarin’s faces in this picture taken during the swearing in of Roosevelt Skerrit as prime minister of Dominica .

    Isn’t Anthony Astaphan trying to hide?
    You can hide behind the radio but does not the picture tell a thousand words?

    See link to case Anthony Astaphan won to prevent an oposition candidate from being nominated in St.Kitts Note the date.
    http://www.nevisblog.com/candidates-must-sign-declarations-that-they-do-not-hold-dual-citizenship.html

    “(Basseterre, St. Kitts – Nevis
    October 29, 2009 (CUOPM)

    Lead Counsel for the Government, Mr. Anthony Astaphan said the Legal Team wants to ensure that persons who are qualified for election to the St. Kitts and Nevis National Assembly are not holding dual citizenship and are properly qualified on Nomination Day.

    Section 28 (1) of the St. Kitts and Nevis Constitution given the Nation when it became independent during the Administration of the People’s Action Movement on September 19th 1983 states: “A person shall not be qualified to be elected or appointed as a member of the National Assembly if by virtue of his own act, under any acknowledgement of allegiance, obedience or adherence to a foreign power or state.”

    Speaking at a News Conference on Wednesday, Mr. Astaphan said a request was made Monday and granted by the High Court to allow the Legal Team to review and clarify the language in the National Assembly Elections Amendment Act 2009.

    “We have realised that it is a part of the strategy, forensic or otherwise, to consistently threaten or issue injunctions on real or perceived or illusionary reasons. We therefore think that in the interest of time, we must do all that is necessary to clear the deck, to remove obstacles and reasons so that we can pave the way to permit the Prime Minister on the conditions that he thinks best, to exercise the prerogative given to him to call the general elections unfettered, absolutely unfettered by unnecessary litigation most of which is being threatened from the political platform,” said Mr. Astaphan.

    “This does not mean and our advice to the Attorney General was never intended to mean that the basic objects of the Act changed. The purpose of the Act was to ensure that persons who are eligible to be elected, sign the appropriate declarations which are consistent with the provisions of the constitution and that if someone has said in the past or maybe under any possibility of a disqualification that he is obliged by any revised version of the law, to swear declarations as to his eligibility and the absence of any ground for his disqualification. The reason for that is we want to remove any reasons for litigation,” said Astaphan.

    He pointed out that the present Act as amended, vests in the Returning Officer to collect evidence and to decide on the evidence presented.

    “It is possible that the PAM may even if we clear the decks now, on any present litigation may in a future litigation prior to the elections may want to take the point that a Returning Officer is appointed by the Supervisor of Elections and the Executive Branch and therefore there is the appearance of bias on not real or factual appearance of bias,” said Astaphan, who was flanked by Dr. Henry Browne, Mr. Sylvester Anthony and Dr. Kenny Anthony.

    Mr. Astaphan said that his advice to the Attorney General is that the revision which takes place would ensure that any questions of disqualification is unequivocally and unambiguously vested in the Supreme Court by virtue of the provisions of the Constitution.

    “This revision is not merely removing obstacles or reasons or possible reasons real or perceived for litigation. It will also add to the scope of the amended Act. It will ensure that there are appropriate declarations consistent with the law, which will be drafted consistently with the provisions of the Constitution and authorities that are already decided the point,” Mr. Astaphan told the Press.

    “The proposed revision does not affect the fundamental question which exist today that any candidate nominated must be qualified for election and must not suffer from any disqualification vice, such as dual citizenship of the United States, even if you have renounced, there must be a completion of the renunciation process via the State Department or other relevant foreign affairs authority in that jurisdiction and that if anyone is on Nomination Day suffering from such a vice, any vote in his direction or for him in any election, would be a complete waste of time and that his election would be subject to challenge in the court by election petition,” said Mr. Anthony.

    He said there is no concession, abdication or surrender on the essential primary object of the legislation, which was to ensure that on Nomination Day persons who are qualified on Nomination Day to be candidates, swear declarations as to eligibility and disqualification and the question of the legality of that or any contravention of that declaration will be dealt with either in the criminal court in accordance with the provisions of the relevant sections or by petition.

    “Anyone who is convicted of an offence of that kind or has been found guilty of the disqualification or swearing to a false declaration will be subject to disqualification. So the substantive basis of the Act remains. What we are doing is advising that the language be clarified to ensure that all that the Returning Officer is responsible to do is to ensure that the declarations are properly attended to and sworn and that questions of eligibility and non eligibility will be dealt with by the high court,” said the senior counsel.

    “The primary objective of this legal team is to remove any reason for possible litigation so that we can clear the deck for the Hon. Prime Minister to make his decision when he wants to call the general elections unfettered by injunctions threatened by the political platform,” Astaphan reiterated.)”

    His face tells his guilt.

    Constitution of the Commonwealth of Dominica

    CHAPTER III PARLIAMENT
    Part 1 Establishment of Parliament
    32.Disqualifications for Representatives and Senators.
    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) if he-

    a.is by virtue of his own act, under any acknowledgement of allegiance, obedience or adherence to a foreign power or state;

    Go see for yourself, there are young Dominicans in prison for no crime, others for mistaken identity, some because they had nothing to eat, most because they have no legal representation …
    Can someone look up the following laws of Dominica?

    http://www.dominica.gov.dm/laws/

    are the :
    Oaths ACT Chapter 5-50
    http://www.dominica.gov.dm/laws/chapters/chap5-50.pdf

    TREASON ACT 10:01
    http://www.dominica.gov.dm/laws/chapters/chap10-01.pdf

    PERJURY ACT Chapter 10:30
    http://www.dominica.gov.dm/laws/chapters/chap10-30.pdf

    OECS ACT

    CARICOM security ACT

    NATIONAL SECURITY ACT
    ….have they been broken?

    But I guess not EVEN THE CONSTITUTION OF DOMINICA can stop…???

  17. IN THE HOUSE
    December 22, 2009

    Marigotian bet you self look like GODZILLA but then again who cares. We still got love for you.

  18. redinklady
    December 22, 2009

    Hello people. In 1995 when Edison won the elections he created the virus LOPS (lossof power syndrome) Unfortunately he forgot to create the antidote. Now he has a double dose of the virus and has infected many people. Lucky is only 43percent and not the 61 percent of us.The cure for lops is a big glass of red sorrel, some red meat and red wine. Hope he gets healed before he retires.

  19. hj
    December 22, 2009

    ok labour

  20. proud labourite
    December 22, 2009

    DE PINGUIN LICK IT TO DEM ..HAHAHA,,LOL, LOOK KICKS

  21. December 22, 2009

    labour power who vex lostttt we made it at last congratulation to you mr priminister be strong dont give up god is watching over you i pour my heart to the lord for you and the answer was dont be afriad everything is going to be all right my son and it was give the lord the victory labour powerrrrrr we are here to stay

  22. overjoyed
    December 22, 2009

    that’s right Mr. Skerrit!!! ur here for another five years and there is no stopping that. we are in and now its up to you and the team to move our country foward.
    CONGRATULATIONS !!

  23. Engras
    December 22, 2009

    Even though Tony looks like a Penguin or whatever he is the same one that gave all of you UWPites blows and will continue to give as long as you side step.

  24. Dominican lover
    December 22, 2009

    Congratulations to all who won. May the Good LOrd give them Wisdom to represent the people of Dominica wisely. May the negative workers of darkness be banished from our nation in Jesus name, we banish the evil spewers of hate from our nation. May our people join hands and hearts and voices to a New Day. Peace and Goodwill to all Dominicans.

  25. Marian Jno-Finn
    December 22, 2009

    I want to say that when you speak negative, negative things must happen. When people say and write comments like ” Now Dominicans going to steal” they are releasing curse upon the country and its people.
    So my fellow Dominicans please be very conscious of what you write. Yes! you are not in support of something, a party or someone – if you have nothing good to say, then say nothing – be mature enough and wish the person,thing or party well and let them go.

    The bible say ” life and death is in the power of the tongue” what ever we speak, gives life or brings death. Please don’t kill Dominica and its people with these destructive words.
    So in JESUS Name I rebuke that curse of stealing which is pronounce on my country and its people.

    If any one don’t believe me – try speaking negative or positiveness in your life (not anyone else’s) and see what happens. ENOUGH WITH THE NEGATIVE TALK!!!!!

    We want good representation from both the ruling party and opposition and they all need our support.

    So I wish the new Government all of God’s best, I wish them Wisdom, Wisdom, and more Wisdom. I declare the blessing , favour, mercy and grace of Jevohad God on them. And I declare that Dominica and its people are bless in our going out and our coming in, we are bless in the city and bless in the fields, we shall lend and not borrow. We are the head and not the tail, we are above and not beneath in Jesus name.

    Love
    Marian Jno-Finn
    mjnofinn@hotmail.com

  26. La Plainian in NJ
    December 22, 2009

    Tony and Alick, I am watching you guys. Please do not let him down!

  27. Ticush
    December 22, 2009

    Why was the young Parl Rep from St. Joe so unproperly attired? He needs to be given a course on proper groming and maybe a wardrobe!

    Blue Vex

  28. kimrah
    December 22, 2009

    congrats to you.i am glad every thing over green blue and red work to gehter know for better dominica.the road not easy u got to be strong .

  29. December 22, 2009

    well isee ambros ethere in coner piping like ping ton what is your minstry position

    But one thing i know vena say al the work she do she want senjoe to have a ministry position

    Dere daba will start

    But even doh senjoe get minstry we will still popo by the bayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy and polasos cause skero will continue todevelop himslf

    so tonny astaphan dont know Dominca law he allow Skero to import people to come and vote

    Lawless Government all domincans must start stealing now .

    Just three mor months to get my green card I wanto Live

    Haling from the community of Mahaut attend Senjoe high school.

  30. December 22, 2009

    well isee ambros ethere in coner piping like ping ton what is your minstry position

    But one thing i know vena say al the work she do she want senjoe to have a ministry position

    Dere daba will start

    But even doh senjoe get minstry we will still popo by the bayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy and polasos cause skero will continue todevelop himslf

    so tonny astaphan dont know Dominca law he allow Skero to import people to come and vote

    Lawless Government all domincans must start stealing now .

    Just three mor months to get my green card I wanto Live

    Haling from the community of Mahaut attend Senjoe high school.

  31. Tyhee
    December 22, 2009

    Aye… We Have A Pretty Attorney general…I Love To See Her….lol Real Seen….

  32. Shana
    December 22, 2009

    Congratulations to you PM Skerrit! Indeed who Jah Bless No Man Curse! Lennox Linton et all tried but Jah is in control! to God be the glory, great things he has done! Continue to put him first and continue to serve your people with humility. Blessings!

  33. December 22, 2009

    keep all negative comments to your selves, he may be looking like a pinguine but he is a damn welll good lawyer and counsel, One thing any one can know when a Dominican giving a comment, because it sounds rediculous….. Make your self look educated even if you are not. All the Praise and Glory to the one above for a landslide victory……. Congrates going out to the Hon. Roosvelt Skerrit on his second term in office, wishing him God’s guidance and direction in taking this our country to the next level. also congrates going out to my darling Kelvar Darroux on his big win in the St.Joseph Constituency, Kenneth Darroux on his big win in the Pitit Savan Constituency, Mr. Graneau in the Salibier Consituency also Blackmore in Mahaut, Regi In Cottage, Ian in Portsmouth, Mrs. Justina Charles in Grand Bay and the others. Hats off to you and Happy Holidays……….. i would also like to say that Mr. Alvin Bernard made a tremendous effort and is still a winner even if the seat was not captured the Dominica Labour Party was still victorious in this year 2009 geneal election. HISTORY WAS MADE>……………in this our nature isle and i was there to experience and be a part of it. Labourrrrrrrr Powerrrrrrrrrrr, we love skerrit we voted for skerrit . we loved our Pal Reps we voted them in. and to God be the glory for the battle we WON…………..

  34. rassulfur
    December 22, 2009

    IMF is coming to Dominica at the end of January. 400 hundred plus workers will be sent home. I am so happy. You voted for it, take it. And remember Rassulfur the IT engineer say so. You don’t believe me? Ok no problem, then don’t , but just take my foolish advise, Start planting a back yard garden, so in the event that you are one of the 400 , you will at least have food for your family. Start negotiating with the banks those of you who have mortgages.. please I am begging you.

    We Dominicans are so “DOM”, the same thing happened in Antigua & Jamaica , yet we made it happen to us. But please note that we on the outside are watching and many have washed their hands with DA. SO those of you who jump up shouting Labor, then come to us for hands out will be driven right to the DEAD/red CLINIC.

  35. DA
    December 22, 2009

    The person asking for one state government, thats signs of the end time.

  36. Forward Thinking
    December 22, 2009

    I would like to extend sincere congratulations to the DLP for the beginning of a one party state. Well done!

    A ONE PARTY STATE IS IDEAL FOR OUR COUNTRY!

    Thank you very much Mr Roosevelt Skeritt

    A Jubilant Dominican

  37. sunshinegual
    December 22, 2009

    Congratulastions Mr. Prime Minister. Your past term of office was about you acquiriing wealth. Lets put Dominica first during this term. Could you please give Dominica a chance at acquiring some wealth this time around.

  38. gwa bay
    December 22, 2009

    the same penguins, lil boys etc that lick it to all u on the 18th lol…we accept all negative comments as blackmore would say WELL THANK YOU

  39. yoyo(London Crew)
    December 21, 2009

    Check out Kelver and Hendo,true Sen joe Crop.Labour for Life.

  40. Prophet2
    December 21, 2009

    LMAO….

  41. Marigotian
    December 21, 2009

    lolol tony astaphans looking just like the penguin for the batman movies…lolol

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