Dominican Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit was sworn into office for a fourth consecutive term on Saturday, mere hours after leading the ruling Dominica Labour Party to a sweeping general elections victory.
But even as he was being sworn in, the leader of the main opposition United Workers Party (UWP), Lennox Linton, was hinting at “irregularities” in the polls that saw his party’s seat count in the 21-member Parliament reduced from six to four, according to the preliminary results.
In a speech after he was sworn into office, Skerrit extended a hand to Linton, urging him to get together for the benefit of the country, even while saying that he believes the “external forces” that sought to derail Friday’s general election did not treat Linton right.
“I have never seen so much external interest in our campaign,” Skerrit said, adding that he is hopeful that now that the electorate had spoken, quite forcefully, that they would now channel their interest into rebuilding Dominica.
He reminded Linton that the DLP, which, according to the preliminary figures, had won 17 of the 21 seats, had secured both the seats and the popular votes.