Security & Strategic Review - December 2019

Demands for electoral reform lead to violence

On 19 November, violence suddenly intruded into the run-up to Dominica’s 6 December general election. Protesters, mainly supporters of the opposition United Workers Party (UWP), blocked roads leading to President Charles Savarin’s official residence, leading to the use of tear gas and rubber bullets by riot police. The opposition and its supporters were demanding electoral reform before the holding of an election which it feared could return Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit’s Dominica Labour Party (DLP) for a fifth consecutive five-year term.

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