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Charles, Pierre

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Born: 1954 AD
Died: 2004 AD, at 49 years of age.

Nationality: Dominican
Categories: Politician, Prime Ministers

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1954 - Born on June 30th in Grand Bay, Dominica. A lifelong social and political activist, the longest-seated member of Parliament, and Minister of Communications and Works, Charles was the logical choice to lead the country through what was to become a major economic crisis.

1972 - Pierre was educated at Grand Bay Boys' School and the Dominica Grammar School before completing high school at St. Mary's Academy.

         - He became a teacher at the Grand Bay Primary School.

1975 - Charles and his friends formed the activist group L'Echelle (The Ladder). Inspired by the left-wing Caribbean political ideology of the times, their goal was to raise social consciousness among the young people of Grand Bay and involve them in the fight for Dominican independence from Great Britain.

1978 - Charles defied the Dominican government by leading a group to the 11th World Festival of Youth and Students in Havana, Cuba. He was a founding member of the Dominica Cuba Friendship Society, which led to a Cuban government scholarship program that enabled hundreds of Dominicans to attend university in Cuba.

1979 - Charles helped establish an agricultural trade organization called Farm to Market. As operations manager and later field manager, he worked to develop markets for Dominica's small-farm produce.

1983-1985 - A onetime schoolteacher, Charles was elected to the parliament after having denounced the United States invasion of Grenada.

2000 - Was selected by Dominica Labour Party leaders to become prime minister of the country after the death of Roosevelt Douglas.

2003 - As prime minister he implemented a series of austerity measures that elicited labour strikes but also prompted the IMF in December to approve a special three-year credit to be used to combat poverty.

         - He had angioplasty surgery on February.

2004 - Died on January 6th in Roseau, Dominica.

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