By Caribbean News Now contributor
ROSEAU, Dominica -- Hard on the heels of similar action by the opposition party in Bermuda
, opposition United Workers Party (UWP) parliamentarians in Dominica have decided not to participate in parliamentary proceedings in support of its senator, Danny Lugay, who has been suspended from parliament until criminal charges against him have been resolved.
The UWP said it views the Lugay’s suspension from parliament as a “deliberate attempt to derail the opposition.”
The party held a press conference on July 25 following Lugay’s suspension on Thursday, during the Budget Session of Parliament.
“It is a very unfortunate situation in terms of our parliament, and the attack on Senator Lugay by the members of government supported by the Speaker of the House Alix Boyd Knights,” Hector John, leader of the parliamentary opposition, said.
Lugay was arrested and charged for inciting the murder of Senior Counsel Alick Lawrence – a member of the Electoral Commission.
During a political meeting in Soufriere in July, Lugay, in expressing frustration over electoral reform, said, “If I was not a believer I would take out some people … some people need to die.”
John said Lugay spoke out of frustration about what continues to take place in Dominica. Lugay had since apologised publicly to his family, party and the parliament.
John noted that Lugay was not considered a threat since he was granted bail in the sum of $8,000 with no conditions.