Opposition boycotts election of new head of state
ROSEAU, Dominica, Sept 17, CMC – Former senior public servant, Eluid Williams, was elected head of state on Monday replacing outgoing President Nicholas Liverpool in an election that was boycotted by the opposition United Workers Party (UWP) legislators.
Police mounted tight security around the parliament building on the outskirts of the capital where UWP leader Edison James told party supporters that the election of Williams would be challenged in the courts.
Williams, who received 21 votes during the voting in the Dominica parliament, was the nominee of the ruling Dominica Labour Party (DLP) government, and will be sworn in at a ceremony here on Monday afternoon 4.30 pm (local time).
Speaker Alix Boyd-Knights said she had received a letter of resignation from President Liverpool based on ill health and that the parliamentary session Monday was a continuation of a special sitting called on August 24 when legislators were informed of Liverpool’s decision to step down,(Details in Politics section)