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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Dominica opposition party gets new leader after losing dual citizenship case

ROSEAU, Dominica, Monday January 16, 2012 – Former Prime Minister Edison James is once again at the helm of the main opposition United Workers Party (UWP), replacing Ron Green who opted against re-election less than a week after he lost a dual citizenship case against the prime minister and education minister.

James, 68, who served as prime minister from 1995 to 2000, said he was ready to lead the party into general elections, constitutionally due in 2014.

“There is no reluctance on my part to put everything that I have into implementing these functions,” he told those gathered at the UWP’s 22nd Delegates Convention on Sunday.

He struck aside complaints that he may be too old for the job, stating, “This brain in here might be sixty eight years old, but the waist is strong. Don’t test me.”

The UWP said the convention was the first step in an island-wide campaign to boost the party’s readiness to take over government control whenever general election is called.

James, who formerly served as president of the UWP for three years, thanked Green - now a trustee - for his years of leadership.

The UWP leader also appealed to supporters to help fund the party’s campaign to appeal last week’s High Court ruling, which found that PM Roosevelt Skerrit and Education Minister Petter Saint Jean legally contested the 2009 general elections.

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