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DFP embraces the new President of Dominica

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Oath being administered
Her Excellency Sylvanie Burton takes her oath from Justice Jacqueline Josiah Graham-All photos by Carlisle Jno Baptiste of Nature Isle News (NIN)

PRESS STATEMENT

While the nomination and election process leading to this moment was marked by mishandling and controversy, the Dominica Freedom Party (DFP) acknowledges and celebrates the historic nature of President Her Excellency Sylvanie Burton’s rise to office. She is not only the first woman to hold this esteemed position but also the first of Kalinago descent to do so. This is a significant milestone that we wholeheartedly embrace and celebrate. It’s worth noting that this marks the first instance in almost 350 years that a Kalinago individual has held the highest leadership position in our nation—a milestone deserving of recognition and applause. Despite the challenges in the selection process, history and the universe have a way of turning even the most tumultuous circumstances into opportunities for positive and unexpected change.

With this profound idea in mind, we urge President Burton to use her unique position to cultivate a new political culture on our beloved island. We appeal to her to harness her distinct background and perspectives as an indigenous female president to guide our political landscape in a new direction—one characterized by tolerance, inclusivity, a departure from divisive politics, and an unwavering commitment to professionalism in public service.

We, the people of Dominica and the international community, eagerly anticipate the positive changes and advancements that President Burton’s leadership can bring to our nation. Her selection can symbolize the breaking down of barriers and the creation of opportunities for individuals from all walks of life to contribute to our nation’s progress. But to achieve this, we too must recognize our own role in ensuring that her presidency is defined by success, inclusivity, and a brighter future for Dominica.

Therefore, our greatest gift to the new president is to offer her a clean slate and hope that she will fill it with wisdom, compassion, fairness, and good intentions. Consequently, the DFP is committed to providing her with the opportunity to transcend her partisan roots and past actions and to emerge as a wise and mature statesperson for our land. This is vitally needed in these dark and troublesome times.