Wednesday 5 August, 2020

Roosevelt Skerrit declares victory, names Dec 8 as Day of peace

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit addressing the nation tonight following his party's victory at the polls.

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit addressing the nation tonight following his party's victory at the polls.

Dominica's Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has declared Sunday, December 8 as a Day of Peace.

In an address to the nation tonight, Skerrit said the country needs to heal following a heated election campaign which saw protests from the Opposition and its supporters seeking electoral reform.

As he declared victory for his Democratic Labour Party in the General Election, Skerrit urged the Opposition and its supporters to halt their protests and concede defeat.

"The elections are over. The UWP failed to delay or stop elections through legal means. They failed to provoke our security services, they failed in getting the country to take up the call for widespread violence and unrest and they have failed at the ballot box," he said, stating that his party looks forward to working with a responsible Opposition.

"Many votes go into ballot boxes, but once those votes are known, we must come together and focus on the important tasks of national healing and nation-building. We must all now put Dominica first. In communities, families and at the national level, there must, from tonight, be peace," he said, calling for restraint, respect and calm.

Skerrit said given the volatility of the last few weeks he is asking all Labour Party candidates to suspend all victory celebrations until next weekend.

"Instead I am declaring Sunday, December 8 as a day of national peace, prayer, reconciliation and healing," he said, asking all churches to hold their services at 10 am on that day so the entire country will pray at the same time. 

He said all victory celebrations will be held next weekend.

Skerrit said his first order of business is to name his Cabinet and repair the reputational damage the country has suffered.

He also promised to appoint a commission to address the issue of electoral reform.

 

 

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