Dominica's High Court rejects opposition attempt to stop election

Dominica's High Court denied a request from the opposition for an injunction to stop Friday's General election from going forward.

Judge Bernie Stephenson ruled that since the president of Dominica, Charles Savarin, had already issued a writ to hold the elections, the high court could not intervene.  The petition was filed by the Concerned Citizens Movement, or CCM, a group that reflects the views of the UWP opposition party.  Lawyers for the CCM have already said that they will appeal the decision, this may bring the case to the Caribbean Court of Justice in Trinidad and Tobago.

Earlier, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit addressed the nation and called on opposition leaders and supporters to stop trying to prevent Friday's Elections, he went on to say that the opposition had fed a false narrative to external forces and the OAS.

Referring to the latest opposition protests, the prime minister said the security forces would act with restraint, but would not let things get out of hand.   Skerrit also said that the opposition is desperate as it stands to lose the elections and that the UWP leadership is unfit to lead Dominica.

Edited by Ed Newman
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Caribbean leaders reject OAS attempts to interfere in Dominica

Roseau, December 2 (RHC)-- Latin American and the Caribbean leaders have rejected attempts by the Organization of American States (OAS) to boycott the general elections that will be held in Dominica on December 6th.

The OAS and its Secretary-General Luis Almagro "are enemies of the democratic and progressive forces of our continent," said Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Ralph Goncalves.  He also recalled that the OAS has made interventionist statements against Venezuela, Cuba, and Bolivia, which appear to be a replica of Washington's standard discourse against leftist governments.

In the case of Dominica, a Caribbean state that has been led by the Labor Party in recent years, the OAE has held positions that subtly support the opposition Unified Workers Party (UWP) leader Lennox Linton, who has been demanding an electoral reform before the upcoming elections.

Supported by the country's most conservative sectors, this opposition group has been trying to create confusion, fear, and chaos so as to delegitimize in advance the validity of the election results.

The OAS-UWP actions seem to follow a sequence very similar to the strategy used in Bolivia, which began by questioning the victory of the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS), then continued to proclaim in advance the existence of fraud and, finally, culminated in performing a coup d'etat on behalf of "democracy."

"If they believe the elections are held unconstitutionally, they can go to court," Goncalves said and added that they will not possibly be taken seriously because "these elections are conducted properly."  Likewise, the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America-Peoples' Trade Treaty (ALBA-TCP) described OAS actions as intolerable examples of interference in Dominica's internal affairs.​​​​​​​  "Dominica is the next objective of Almagro and the OAS. They want to do what they did with the elections in Bolivia."  

Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne, who is also president of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States, questioned the feasibility of implementing an electoral reform just a few weeks before general elections.  Besides pointing out that there is no constitutional crisis in Dominica, Browne explained that it is not practical to extend the elections beyond December 6th because a political conflict could arise if the five-year requirement is postponed.​​​​​​​

Edited by Ed Newman
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Dominican Digital Journal Honors Fidel Castro in His 92 Birthday

A heartfelt homage under the title ''The legendary Fidel Castro'' pays tribute to the leader of the Cuban Revolution for his 92nd birthday this Sunday in the Dominican digital daily Hoy.

In a leading article signed by Manuel Cruz, the publication considers that it would be a kind of culturicide against historiography not to write and to highlight every August 13 the birth of Fidel Castro, who must be called a legendary and immortal figure.

The author states that a large part of the nations of the world, still differentiated by their cultures and with greater prominence in Latin America, have agreed to immortalize and value their great men in their rightful dimension, such as the Cuban leader.

Fidel, the newspaper recalls, who from that July 26, 1953 after the assault on the Moncada garrison made it clear he had decided to write his future with indelible ink in the history books, was already part of the history and anonymous hero of the Dominican people, after risking his life at the age of 21 trying to overthrow the dictator Leonidas Trujillo in the so-called Cayo Confites expedition of 1947.

But it was after the landing at Granma in 1956 that Fidel really became not only a giant but also a true leader who, at the age of 30 and 12 men, survived the defeat at Alegria de Pio.

He was able to keep alive the morale, the spirit and the courage to fight against 80,000 soldiers of the army of the dictator Fulgencio Batista, until the triumph of the revolution was achieved, the article adds.

This August 13, the article concludes, the birthday of a legendary life is celebrated when it is more than proved that it is the man with his dedication, his ability and his actions, who finally disposes, and that Fidel's greatness surpasses the fine thread of our ideas and beliefs.

Eternal glory, respect and great admiration for the greatest statesman of the 20th century, and immortal for his ideas. Long live Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz.

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Cuba, Dominica agree to deepen economic, social cooperation

Cuba and Dominica on Tuesday agreed to deepen ties for the benefit of both peoples.

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel and visiting Dominican Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit discussed bilateral and regional issues at the Presidential Palace, Cuban State TV reported.

They agreed that bilateral ties are in "good state" and vowed to deepen economic and social cooperation.

Skerrit thanked the Cuban government for its collaboration, particularly the help offered by rescue workers, doctors, construction personnel and other staff in the recovery after hurricane Maria devastated the Caribbean island last year.

Meanwhile, Diaz-Canel reaffirmed Cuba's continued support for Dominica, said the report.

Skerrit's visit to Cuba came just a day before the 39th meeting of Heads of State of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in Jamaica.

Diaz-Canel will participate in the summit as special guest along with Chile's President Sebastian Pinera.

CARICOM leaders will seek to tackle a number of critical issues that impact the economic and social advancement of regional countries.

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