Roosevelt Skerrit

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Roosevelt Skerrit
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Prime Minister of Dominica
Incumbent
Assumed office
8 January 2004
President Charles Savarin
Preceded by Osborne Riviere (Acting)
Member of Parliament
for Vieille Case
Incumbent
Assumed office
31 January 2000
Preceded by Vernice Bellony
Personal details
Born (1972-06-08) 8 June 1972 (age 42)
Roseau, Dominica
Political party Labour Party
Alma mater New Mexico State University,
Las Cruces

University of Mississippi,
Oxford
Website Official website

Roosevelt Skerrit (born 8 June 1972) is a Dominican politician who has been the Prime Minister of Dominica since 2004, re-appointed in 2005, 2009, and 2014; he has also been the Member of Parliament for the Vieille Case constituency since 2000, re-elected in 2005, 2009, and 2014. Regionally, he has served as the Chairman of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and most recently as Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in 2010. He is the Political Leader of the Dominica Labour Party (DLP).

Early life[edit]

Roosevelt Skerrit was raised in Vieille Case, Dominica. He began his university-level studies at New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA. He later transferred to the University of Mississippi, Ole Miss, Oxford, Mississippi, where in 1997,he acquired a Bachelor’s (Honors) degree in Psychology (B.Sc.) and English (BA). Prior to entering politics in 2000, Mr. Skerrit was an English lecturer at the Dominica State College previously called Clifton Dupigny Community College.

Member of Parliament for Vieille Case[edit]

Skerrit was elected to the House of Assembly (legislature) as Member of Parliament for Vieille Case in 2000 before being appointed Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports by Prime Minister Rosie Douglas. He was Minister for Education. He was re-elected on May 5, 2005; re-elected on December 18, 2009 and; re-elected on December 8, 2014.

Prime Minister[edit]

Skerrit was first sworn in as Prime Minister on January 8, 2004 after the untimely passing of his predecessor. Aged 31 at his swearing in, he became the world’s youngest Prime Minister, leading a two-party coalition government. The following month, February, Skerrit was elected Political Leader of the Dominica Labour Party. This was Skerrit's first term as Prime Minister.

On May 5, 2005, Roosevelt Skerrit and the Dominica Labour Party won an outright majority in the legislature, a feat last achieved by the DLP in 1975. In addition to being Prime Minister, Skerrit served as Minister for Finance during that term. Skerrit would serve a second term as Prime Minister. [1]

On December 18, 2009, Roosevelt Skerrit and the Dominica Labour Party won a second consecutive outright majority in the legislature, securing 18 of 21 possible seats. On the December 21, 2009, Skerrit was appointed Prime Minister by the President of Dominica, His Excellency Nicholas J. O. Liverpool. Skerrit began his third term as Prime Minister of Dominica. On January 4, 2010, Prime Minister Skerrit was appointed Minister for Information Technology, Finance, and Foreign Affairs. [2]

On December 8, 2014, Roosevelt Skerrit at the Dominica Labour Party won a third consecutive outright majority in the General Elections, securing 15 of 21 possible seats in the legislature. On December 9, 2014, Skerrit was appointed Prime Minister by President Charles Savarin. On December 10, 2014, Prime Minister Skerrit was appointed Minister for Finance and the Public Service by the President. Prime Minister Skerrit would be the first in Dominica's political history, to serve a fourth consecutive term in office as Prime Minister. [3]

As Prime Minister, Skerrit is responsible for the Cabinet Secretariat; Elections; the Legislature; National Awards; the Government Printery and; Service Commissions and Board of Appeal. As Minister of Information Technology, he is responsible for Information Technology. As Minister of Finance, Skerrit is responsible for the Office of the Accountant General; the Audit Department; Banking and Banking Organizations; Boards of Surveys; Budget; Capital Repayments; Central Purchasing; Consolidated Fund; Currency; Customs and Excise; Enemy Property; Exchange Control; Finance and Financial Services; International Business; Inland Revenue; Lotteries; Pensions and Gratuities; Public Debt; Regional and International Financial Organizations and; Saving Banks. As Minister of Foreign Affairs, Skerrit is responsible for External Affairs; Contributions to Regional and International Organizations; Consular Affairs; Diplomatic Representation and; Protocol.

Personal life[edit]

Skerrit is married to Melissa Poponne; the couple have a son, Dmitry. Skerrit previously had a son, Malik. He was raised as a Christian.[4]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Electoral Office of the Commonwealth of Dominica > 2005 General Elections Results [1]
  2. ^ Electoral Office of the Commonwealth of Dominica > 2009 General Elections Results [2]
  3. ^ Electoral Office of the Commonwealth of Dominica > 2014 General Elections Results [3]
  4. ^ Office of the Prime Minister > Profile of the Prime Minister [4]


Political offices
Preceded by
Osborne Riviere
Acting
Prime Minister of Dominica
2004–present
Incumbent