PM Skerrit denies snap election plan

Prime Minister of Dominica Roosevelt Skerrit.
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Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has dismissed speculation that he will call a snap general election just over a year after his ruling Dominica Labor Party (DLP) was returned to office for a third consecutive term.

He told the annual delegate’s conference of the DLP in the eastern community of Grand Fond recently that general elections in Dominica will be held in 2014.

Voters gave the DLP an overwhelming 18-3 majority in the December 2009 general election, which the main opposition United Workers Party (UWP) claimed was dogged by voter irregularities.

The prime minister and his Education Minister Petter Saint Jean are now before the courts on allegations of possessing dual citizenship when they contested the polls.

But Skerrit told supporters that his government would continue to work to bring development regardless of the efforts of the UWP.

He called on supporters to stand firmly behind the government to remain united and steadfast in their support for the policies of the DLP.

The prime minister told delegates, his government had with the help of friendly donor countries, accomplished significant improvements in agriculture and infrastructure, including the Chinese funded West Coast Highway, a Morocco funded hotel now under construction in the northern town of Portsmouth and a Venezuela-funded coffee processing plant.

Skerrit said his government was also planning on a new state of the art general hospital to be built with funding from China.

He said the government was continuing to woo nationals back to the island to assist in its overall development.

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