H. E. CHARLES SAVARIN ADMINISTERING THE OATH OF OFFICE, ALLEGIANCE AND SECRECY ON PRIME MINISTER, HON. DR. ROOSEVELT SKERRIT, ON DECEMBER 7
The Dominica Labour Party (DLP) has been given the green light to usher in a new season of development in the Commonwealth of Dominica under it’s stewardship. Incumbent Prime Minister and Political Leader of the DLP, Hon. Dr. Roosevelt Skerrit (47) lead his team of 21 candidates to a landslide victory in the December 6 polls yesterday. The DLP and the United Workers Party both fielded a full slate of candidates to contest all 21 constituencies. At the end of the preliminary count last night, the Dominica Electoral Office announced that the DLP had secured 18 of the 21 seats.
The DLP is setting a record as the first political party in Dominica to serve for a 5th consecutive term. Additionally, Dr. Skerrit has led the party to victory 4 times, 2005, 2009, 2014 and 2019 since assuming office in 2004 at the age of 31 when he became the youngest prime minister in the world.
The campaign officially kicked off on November 5, when Dr. Skerrit announced that the day for general elections in Dominica would be December 6, and Nomination Day would be November 19.
On Saturday 7, in the presence of colleagues, family and friends, Dr. Skerrit was sworn in as Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica at the State House, where he was administered the Oath of office, the Oath of Allegiance and Oath of Secrecy by His Excellency Charles Savin D.A.H., The President of Dominica.
“I am one of the luckiest persons on earth,” he said noting that his mother and other close female, family members who were present to witness the ceremony. “I want to thank God for the extraordinary privilege and honour to lead this country for another five years as its prime minister.” He thanked the voters in constituency of Vielle Case, of which he has been parliamentary representative since 2000 for re electing him for another 5-year term. The newly-appointed Prime Minister also congratulated fellow Labour candidates and his campaign team.
Prime Minister Dr. Skerrit highlighted the importance of the one man, one vote principle when he thanked the people of Dominica. “I always tell to people I only have one vote, ” he said, ” and it’s by votes people win, and by majority votes you form the government. And the people exercise that constitutional right.”
The new cabinet will be sworn in December 17