DOMINICA-POLITICS-Opposition Leader says leadership of opposition party does not belong to him.
The leader of the main opposition United Workers Party (UWP), Lennox Linton, says he has 'happy' step down at any time after the party failed to win the last two general elections in Dominica.
'Someone may emerge that has better skills and capabilities and competencies to suit the position than I. Once that happens I am happy to move on. You have to understand the leadership of the United Workers Party is not the personal property of Lennox Linton and he is happy to relinquish the position at any time,' he told a news conference over the weekend.
The UWP, which lost the December 6 general elections here last year by an 18-3 margin, is challenging the outcome in 10 constituencies and Linton, who is one of three successful UWP candidates, defended his decision not to step down immediately after the two consecutive defeats to the ruling Dominica Labour Party (DLP).
'People ask, why didn't you step down after the last election. We were in a state of difficulty, we just lost an election and I am one (who) has always been interested in and committed to, smooth transitions in leadership and successions in positions.
'So at that point it was not for me to abandon the party that had elected me leader...that is not how I operate,' he said, insisting 'we will have a smooth transition to new leadership whenever that time comes be it next month, the month after, be it November, whenever.
'We will as far as I am concerned have a smooth transition to new leadership. The leadership of the United Workers Party does not belong to me, personally,' he added.
Linton, who is in his 60's, won the Marigot seat when he first led the party into the 2014 general election. It won six seats, up from the three it had prior to the polls. But the party's gains were reversed in the 2019 general election.
Linton has since said he is hoping for an early ruling from the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court on the election petitions.
'We are confident that the Court will agree that the non-compliance, irregularities and illegalities in the general election were substantial and significant and affected the results in at least these 10 constituencies'.