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Eugenia Charles

Prime Minister of Dominica

Dame Mary Eugenia Charles, DBE (15 May 1919 – 6 September 2005) was a Dominican politician and lawyer. She was the Prime Minister of Dominica serving from 21 July 1980 until 14 June 1995. She was Dominica's first, and to date only, female prime minister, as well as the nation's longest-serving prime minister.

Dame Eugenia Charles
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Prime Minister of Dominica
In office
21 July 1980 – 14 June 1995
President Aurelius Marie
Clarence Seignoret
Crispin Sorhaindo
Preceded by Oliver Seraphin
Succeeded by Edison James
Personal details
Born (1919-05-15)15 May 1919
Pointe Michel, Dominica
Died 6 September 2005(2005-09-06) (aged 86)
Fort-de-France, Martinique
Political party Freedom Party
Alma mater University of Toronto
London School of Economics

Charles died in Fort-de-France, Martinique from a pulmonary embolism caused by hip surgery that she had a few days before. She was 86 years old.[1]


  1. Pattullo, Polly (8 September 2005). "Obituary: Dame Eugenia Charles". The Guardian. Retrieved August 26, 2009. 

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