Former leader denies he left Dominica's treasury empty
ROSEAU, Dominica (AP) -- Former Prime Minister Edison James, now the
opposition leader, on Tuesday denied claims by Prime Minister Pierre Charles
that Dominica's treasury was left "empty" by James' administration.
James lost Jan. 31 elections to Roosevelt Douglas, who died on Oct. 1 of
attack. Charles was chosen by the governing coalition to take Douglas' place two
In his first few weeks of office, Charles has alleged that his party "found
treasury of this country in far worse condition than we had imagined."
"I am being frank when I tell you that the treasury was empty when we assumed
office," Charles said.
James denied that his United Workers Party drained the country's resources
he accused Charles' administration of wasting money.
"If you met an empty treasury and you are going to exercise fiscal discipline
there is no need for 13 government ministers and three special advisers," James
James said the coalition "is daunted by the work which has to be done,
incapable of doing the work and continues to look for excuses with talk of an
The former British island's coalition government is led by the Dominica
Party and Dominica Freedom Party.
Copyright 2000 The Associated Press.