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Dominica opposition boycotts parliament
Published on July 30, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

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.

Hector John
“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.
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Abel Mocker::

Well - the state of opposition parties in the Caribbean seem to be in a sorry state of affairs but even more so in Dominica. The once mighty Freedom Party of Eugenia Charles is well ... dead and its current leaders clueless.

The UWP of onetime PM Edison James held a mock budget show at a local theater; then the Dominica parliament Tuesday night approved the EC$552.4 million national budget but opposition legislators boycotted the debate on the fiscal package that had been presented to legislators earlier this month.

No substantive response from UWP made to the budget presentation in parliament.

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said that as a result of the passage of the fiscal package, more than 500 people will no longer pay incomes taxes.

Lennox Linton claims his budget show will make Dominica the best place to live and work in the world.

Go figure.


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