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Accept your defeat with grace and move on.
That was the advice given to Kamla Persad-Bisses-
sar from the leader of the Movement for Social
Justice (MSJ) David Abdulah after Monday s elec-
Abdulah also advised Persad-Bissessar to attempt
to calm her supporters in the face of her general
In a release yesterday, he said the former prime
minister needed to try to calm her supporters and
pave the way for the entire country to engage in
the very challenging task of tackling the major prob-
lems which the country faced, such as an economic
crisis, crime and the collapse of our institutions.
Abdulah reminded Persad-Bissessar and her exec-
utive colleagues in the UNC of their repeated phrase
when they were in government for five years: "It s
time to move on."
He added: "That phrase was first popularised by
them in the aftermath of the so-called "mis-step"
of the appointment of Reshmi Ramnarine to the
position of director of the SSA, a position that she
was not qualified to hold.
"In the face of widespread criticism concerning
that appointment and the fact that the Parliament
was misled by government ministers with respect
to her qualifications, Mrs Persad-Bissessar, Dr
Moonilal and other high-ranking UNC members
told the Opposition, other critics and the country
to "move on".
"To Mrs Persad-Bissessar we say time to move
on. Accept your defeat with some grace, for the
country s sake. He said there were already a few
UNC supporters who had not accepted the outcome
of the democratic process and had been posting
wild rants on social media, some of which were
Abdulah: Time to move on, Kamla
"As difficult as it
must have been
never sought to
frustrate the will
of the people or
Jack Warner has not ruled out the possibility that
the Independent Liberal Party (ILP) he founded may
join forces with a revitalised and revamped UNC in
Warner made the statement to reporters yesterday
outside the Hall of Justice, Port-of-Spain. "I m sure
the new ILP after October 10 will consider getting
into some alignment with a rejuvenated UNC but
from our meeting last night the ILP will have nothing
to do with the UNC in the current form," Warner said
as he suggested that former prime minister Kamla
Persad-Bissessar immediately resign from the post
of political leader of the UNC following the party s
defeat to the PNM by 23 seats to 18.
"If I were Persad-Bissessar and lost five consecutive
elections I would resign.The trouble is who they would
put because Roodal Moonilal or Suruj Rambachan
would be just as bad as well," Warner said. Asked
about his future in politics Warner said he would hold
on as interim leader of the ILP for one month, until
the party selects a successor. "I will not return to
politics after today. I have given politics my full shot.
I have given enough to this country from World Cup
football to helping the man in the street and now I
have decided to pass on the baton.
"I will remain an elder statesman for the ILP and
will go and do my doctorate in business administration
and relax and have fun," Warner said. He also ques-
tioned Persad-Bissessar and the UNC s decision to
have the election result declared null and void over
the Elections and Boundaries Commission s (EBC)
decision to extend the polls by an hour due to heavy
rainfall and flash flooding on Monday.
"It is foolishness and absurd that they are saying
that they won the race by 6 pm. I think they are sore
losers and if I voted UNC I would keep quiet for the
next five years and face the music," Warner said.
ILP doesn't rule
out joining UNC
seeking to incite racial strife.
"Their position would have been
informed by the vituperative campaign
conducted by the UNC in its attempt to
denigrate and demonise Dr Rowley.
"This was not helped by the fact that
Mrs Persad-Bissessar did not offer con-
gratulations to Dr Rowley on election
night,"Abdulah said. He said Persad-Bisses-
sar had a responsibility over and above
others in her party to ensure that T&T
continued to engage in the process of
peaceful democratic change.
He added: "The UNC s decision to seek
legal recourse to annul the election will
be like pouring fuel on a smoldering fire.
"The divisiveness, rancour and even hate
that can burst into flames will consume
T&T, not the PNM or Dr Rowley s Gov-
"As difficult as it must have been for
previous prime ministers who lost elec-
tions, they never sought to frustrate the
will of the people or challenge the entire
electoral process. They gracefully accepted
the result and indeed moved on."
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