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Dominica ruling party aims for 4th straight term

December 8, 2014

ROSEAU, Dominica (AP) — Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit is hoping that parliamentary elections will keep his Labor Party in power for a fourth consecutive term.

In Monday’s general elections, voters on the island of 72,000 people are choosing between Skerrit’s faction and the opposition United Workers Party.

During the campaign, opposition leader Lennox Linton vowed to remove taxes on basic food items and lower a sales tax rate.

The ruling party pledged to build up infrastructure and lure foreign investment. A few days before the vote, Skerrit announced wage increases of up to 5 percent for public workers.

The governing party held 18 seats in the 21-seat assembly. The opposition controlled three.

Both parties held street rallies Sunday night.

Monday’s vote is being monitored by a team from the Organization of American States.

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