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Incoming DFP leader
Information reaching Independent Thoughts aka IT indicates that Economist, Kent Vital is set to become the new political leader of the Dominica Freedom Party (DFP).
Vital grew up in River Street, Roseau, is a former Director of Invest Dominica.
He looks set to take over the post of Political Leader from current interim leader and businessman, Michael Astaphan.
Astaphan himself became interim leader after Judith Pestaina announced her retirement from active politics on October 30, 2012. This is his second stint as leader after initially being elected on August 5, 2007.
Pestaina led the party in the 2009 general elections where it failed to win a seat.
IT also understands that marketing professional, Cedric C. Sookhoo Sr. is tipped to become the party’s candidate for the Roseau Central constituency.
Elections are constitutionally due in 2015.
The DFP was once led by former Prime Minister, the late Dame Mary Eugenia Charles and formed the government of the Commonwealth of Dominica for the period 1980 to 1995.
Under former party leader and current President, Charles Savarin, it was a minority party in a Dominica Labour Party led coalition government for the period 2000 to 2005.
The 45 year old party has not won a seat since the 2005 general elections.
Vital has his work cut out for him at reviving the party’s fortunes with the Dominican people at large and at the polls.
IT will keep watching the situation.
At this time, we don’t have a photo of Vital but here he is in this YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXDHELInwiw