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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, September 8, 2015
This was the response of Inde-
pendent Liberal Party (ILP) leader
Jack Warner late last night after the
PNM won the 2015 general elec-
Although Warner s ILP lost all 23
seats it contested, he was victorious
when he showed up at his Chagua-
nas East constituency office after
Warner said a victory for the
PNM was a victory for the ILP for
the two parties had one common
mission; getting rid of former prime
minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar.
As for how he felt about not win-
ning any seats, he said: "So what?
You win some, you lose some."
Warner gave himself a large
measure of credit for the People s
Partnership s loss in the election.
"At the end of the day, I made
Kamla in 2010 and I broke her in
2015," he said triumphantly.
"She will never see another gov-
ernment in our collective lifetime,"
he vowed. "The cabal is dead."
Warner said since 2013 he has
been relentlessly attacking Persad-
Bissessar in Parliament, in his Sun-
shine newspaper and on the political
As for his own political career,
Warner said that would be his last
He said the ILP would now dis-
cuss the way forward and was look-
ing to pass on the baton to a new
Commenting on his party s loss,
Warner said he felt the campaign
period was too long and that put
the smaller parties at a disadvan-
Smaller parties did not have the
kind of funding that the larger par-
ties had to sustain them to the end
of the campaign, he added.
He also admitted that it was the
most grueling campaign he ever
He said he chose to contest
Chaguanas East because his home-
town, Longdenville, was in that
A small group of sombre ILP sup-
porters who were assembled around
a television set outside the office,
broke into victorious shouts after
the PNM was declared the winner.
"The PNM for life," a man shout-
Outgoing Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar greets supporters at her constituency office in Siparia
last night after the results of the election. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
Warner: PNM win a victory for ILP
COUNT IS ON
PNM's Faris Al-Rawi and other party supporters tally votes at his constituency office in San Fernando West
last night after he was successful at the polls. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
The results of the 2015 general
election has reflected that tribal
voting had played a part as race
was indeed a deciding factor.
"What I see quite decisively is
the country is split and split right
down the middle," said former
minister in the Ministry of
Finance, Mariano Browne, who
was speaking on CNC3 s panel
last night following the PNM
"The geographic map of the
country represents a racial geo-
graphic split," Browne added.
Ralph Maraj, a former govern-
ment minister who was also
present on the panel, compli-
mented Dr Keith Rowley for
bringing back the PNM from the
"wreck" after its resounding
defeat in 2010, adding that the
party seemed well organised.
But with respect to the policies
he said although the manifesto
seemed strong on governance he
was uncertain whether there
were really attractive policies.
On the issue of UNC political
leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar
as a prime minister, Maraj said
there was some growth in her
decision-making which was
reflected in getting rid of ques-
tionable members of her Cabi-
But Browne disagreed saying
Persad-Bissessar had always been
pushed into making a decision.
He said not only did Persad-
Bissessar take too long to call the
general election but also took too
long to organise the candidates---
which showed a lack of political
Regarding whether a third
force played an important role
in the country s politics Maraj
said while a third force party
could not survive on its own, it
was, however, crucial to the
political landscape to T&T as
diversity was needed.
He also called for proportional
representation, adding that cit-
izens needed to evolve as a peo-
"We still have political tribal
voting in the country...people
voting with their heart rather
than their heads.
"The Congress of the People
cannot help but reincarnate. If
they had the seats in the Parlia-
ment they could then negotiate
on its own," Maraj said.
Browne said if the same num-
ber of voters turned out as
regards to the previous general
election it would mean that vot-
ers found a home in the UNC
and in the PNM respectively.
On ILP political leader Jack
Warner losing the Chaguanas
East seat, both Maraj and Browne
said it was expected he would
have lost his deposit.
"The ILP is totally irrelevant
to the future of this country,"
He said the major issues to be
tackled would have to do with
the economy because T&T had
a lot of repair work to do and
the role of a foreign affairs min-
ister was therefore critical.
Maraj, who agreed, said it
would be beneficial if T&T could
avoid the harsh conditionalities
as imposed by the IMF in some
Dr Vishnu Bisram of the North
American Caribbean Teachers
Association (NACTA) had pre-
dicted a close call for the PP but
as the votes were being tallied
foretold a win for the PNM.
split down middle
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