Leader of the opposition United Workers Party (UWP), Lennox Linton, has issued a call to citizens of Dominica to “stay away from two independence events, the National Youth Rally and the National Day Parade.”
According to Linton the move is to “peacefully protest the unconstitutional installation of legendary divider, hater, boycotter and persecutor Charles Savarin to the post of President.”
Linton made that appeal at a live press conference at his party’s headquarters on Thursday morning.
Linton pointed out that Savarin was “dictatorially imposed as president with guns of the police turned on the people in case they wanted to exercise their democratic right to assemble in numbers to tell their government that the unconstitutional appointment of an absolutely unsuitable person to the office of president was unacceptable.”
“Both Mr. Savarin and prime minister Roosevelt Skerrit know the constitutional procedure for the appointment of a president and both are aware of the sacred responsibility to select for the country’s highest office, a citizen with an unblemished reputation for honour, integrity, fairness, balance and objectivity,” Linton said.
He label the installation of Savarin as president of Dominica as “malicious”
Linton stated the boycott will be a principled stand for the contsititution. “This is not a boycott of independence celebrations,” he said. “It is a principled people’s stand for the constitution against Roosevelt Skerrit who once again violated the constitution to make an unacceptable presidential appointment and Charles Savarin who accepted the appointment knowing that it was unconstitutional and knowing that he is too destructively partisan to serve as the embodiment of the state.”
By keeping children away from the youth rally Linton said a clear message will be sent to Skerrit and Savarin that “we stand firm without compromise against their disrespect and abuse of our constitution for their selfish political gain.”