Dominica Freedom Party
|Political position||Centre-right to Right-wing|
|International affiliation||International Democrat Union|
|Regional affiliation||Caribbean Democrat Union|
|House of Assembly|
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The party lost all of its seats in the House of Assembly at 2005 general election, held on 5 May 2005. This was the first time since 1975 that the DFP was not elected in any seats. The party garnered 3.15% of votes cast.
During the previous elections held on 31 January 2000, the party won two of the 21 popularly elected seats with 13.6% of votes cast. The party subsequently joined a coalition government with the Dominica Labour Party (DLP), with the DLP not having enough seats to form a government on their own.
The DFP was led by Dame Eugenia Charles from 1972 until 1995. She became Prime Minister in 1980 and served until her 1995 retirement. Following her resignation as party leader and the defeat of the DFP in the 1995 elections by the United Workers' Party, she was succeeded by Brian Alleyne.
In 1996, Charles Savarin became the leader of the DFP. He had presided over the continuing decline of the DFP following the 2000 general election. Despite this the party still holds a degree of influence due to its accommodation with the DLP government. Even after losing all its seats and the DLP winning enough seats to form a government on their own, the DLP leader and prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit appointed Savarin as a senator and gave him the key post of foreign minister. Many members of the DFP have criticized Savarin for his continued support for their erstwhile foes, the DLP.
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- "Michael Astaphan to lead the Dominica Freedom Party" Archived 2011-07-10 at the Wayback Machine, Dominicanewsdesk.com, 9 August 2007.
- "Caribbean Democrat Union". International Democrat Union. Retrieved 16 February 2017.
- "Member Parties". International Democrat Union. Archived from the original on 24 February 2017. Retrieved 16 February 2017.
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