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Dominica’s first female president took the oath of office yesterday

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Sylvanie Burton made history yesterday when she took the oath of office as the first indigenous woman to serve as president of Dominica.

A ceremony was held at the State House Conference Center where Burton took her oath of office. The President’s oath of office was administered by Justice Jacqueline Josiah-Graham, Resident High Court Judge.

According to the government information agency, Roosevelt Skerrit and Burton, the prime ministers of Dominica, spoke to the gathering during the swearing-in.

Parliamentarians voted 20-5 to elect Burton during the Fifth Meeting of The First Session of The 11th Parliament on September 27, 2023. The 58-year-old replaces Charles Savarin, who is leaving office due to term limits.

The president elect has a long history of public service with her last appointment being as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Rural Modernization, Kalinago Upliftment and Constituency Empowerment.


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