The United Workers' Party is a centrist political party in Dominica.
As of the 2009 general election, it is the only opposition party
represented in the House of Assembly of Dominica, holding three of the
twenty-one seats. Its past Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly is
The United Workers' Party with less than 34% of the votes was the
majority party in Dominica's parliament from 1995 until 2000, led by
Edison James as Prime Minister of Dominica. James
currently serves as the UWP's president.
The party now has a new leader,
Lennox Linton who is the current
Leader of the Opposition. In the last general elections in 2014, the
party won 6 seats out of the 21.
1.1 2009-2010: general election, boycott, and by-election
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The party was founded in 1988 by Edison James, Julius Timothy, Norris
Prevost, Dennis La Bassiere and others. In the 1990 elections, the UWP
won 6 of the 21 seats and became the official opposition. In 1995, the
UWP won 11 seats at the general elections forming the first UWP
government headed by
Edison James as prime minister.
At the 31 January 2000 elections, the party won 43.3% of the popular
vote and 9 out of 21 elected members of parliament. Though it captured
the most popular votes, it got fewer seats than the
Party. The party was therefore once again in opposition. James
continued to lead the party, which set up a tough campaign for the 5
May 2005 elections, but lost 1 seat. After the election, this time
receiving fewer votes than the
Dominica Labour Party, the party held 8
seats in Parliament and remained in opposition.
In December 2005, James stood down as political leader and was
replaced by Attorney Earl Williams, Minister of Communications and
Works in the last UWP administration. Williams defeated founding
member and then Deputy Leader
Julius Timothy who also sought the
leadership of the party. As a result Timothy, the Minister of Finance
under the UWP government, left the party and crossed the floor to join
Dominica Labour Party government. This resulted in the UWP being
reduced to seven seats in Parliament.
2009-2010: general election, boycott, and by-election
In the general election held in December 2009, the UWP lost four of
its seven seats, including the seat of party leader Ronald Green.
The UWP subsequently filed litigation in the
Roseau High Court
challenging the results of five constituencies, including that of
Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, and demanding a new general
election; pending the results, the three UWP members boycotted
parliament. After two UWP members did not attend three consecutive
sessions, Speaker of the House
Alix Boyd Knights declared their seats
vacant in April, and a by-election was scheduled for 9 July 2010.
Both UWP members ran and won their seats again in the by-election,
against the same candidates they faced in the 2009 general
Hector John was sworn in as Leader of the Opposition on 19
July 2010. Four of the six UWP legal petitions were dismissed in
August 2010. The UWP members are expected to end their boycott,
citing as a reason the President's announcement that funds would be
made available for election reform.
Edison James was reelected political leader of the UWP at its January
2012 convention, and
Ezekiel Bazil was elected the party's
^ Electoral Office (21 December 2009), House of Assembly General
Election 2009 - Final Count (PDF), Commonwealth of Dominica, archived
from the original (PDF) on July 19, 2011, retrieved 25 September
^ Opposition continues boycott of Parliament, Caribbean Daily News, 29
March 2010, archived from the original on 22 April 2012, retrieved 25
September 2010 .
BBC Caribbean News in Brief: Opposition wins
BBC Caribbean, 12 July 2010, retrieved 14 July 2010
^ Electoral Office, 2010 By-Election Results (Final Count),
Commonwealth of Dominica, archived from the original on December 6,
2010, retrieved 25 September 2010 .
Hector John Sworn in as Leader of the Opposition,
20 July 2010, archived from the original on March 9, 2012, retrieved
^ Government Information Service (27 August 2009), High Court
dismisses four out of six petitions filed against the ruling Dominica
Labour Party, Commonwealth of Dominica, retrieved 25 September
2010 . Two petitions remain and will go to trial, alleging that
the Prime Minister
Roosevelt Skerrit and MP Peter Saint Jean were
ineligible for election because they have dual citizenship. See also
Court upholds dual citizenship charge against Prime Minister,
Caribbean Daily News, 25 August 2010, retrieved 25 September
^ UWP to attend next sitting of Parliament; senators expected to be
Dominica News Online, 8 September 2010, archived from the
original on 15 September 2010, retrieved 25 September 2010 .
^ James in charge - again,
Dominica News Online, 15 January 2012,
retrieved 16 January 2012 .
Workers Voice Online: the United Workers' Party official website
Political parties in Dominica
Dominica Freedom Party
Dominica Labour Party
Dominica Progressive Party
People's Democratic Movement
United Workers' Party
People’s Party Of Dominica
All Island Industrial and Farmers Party
Caribbean Federal Party
Dominica Democratic Labour Party
Dominica Democratic Party
Dominica Liberation Movement Alliance
Dominica United People's Party
Progressive Labour Party
Peasant and Workers Movement
Dominica Labour Party
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