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Three former government ministers have pledged
to give their full support to the former prime min-
ister and current political leader of the United
National Congress, Kamla Persad Bissessar, when
she assumes her new role as Opposition Leader.
However, Jairam Seemungal, Rodger Samuel and
Vasant Bharath have indicated that during the next
few days, they would be looking to spend some much
deserved quality time with their families before
embarking on the next chapter in their personal,
professional and political lives.
Seemungal, who was the for-
mer minister of Lands and
Marine Resources and also
former MP for La Horquet-
ta/Talparo said: "The party
certain they will rebound
Saying he was currently
"taking a little rest" before
joining his wife in private
practice, the attorney admitted the past couple weeks
on the campaign trail had been hectic but he was
now focused on his two daughters who were also
beginning their respective journeys.
Asked about his thoughts regarding the election,
Seemungal said: "We had a well planned and properly
executed campaign but the people decided in the
Seemungal also extended best wishes to the People s
National Movement on assuming office.
Echoing similar sentiments as his former parlia-
mentary colleague, Vasant Bharath who previously
held the portfolio of communications, said: "The
party now has to regroup and rethink its position.
Ex-ministers: Full support for Kamla
ment that there was
ment across the
country, the fact is
that the people
rejected us at the
polls. We have to
accept that and try
Claiming the period was a time "For per-
sonal reflection on the part of everyone,"
Bharath said he had been working very hard
during the past five years handling several
portfolios and the time had come for him
to "take a small break away from it all before
making any further decisions."
Admitting he now had a lot of free time
on his hands, he assured he also had a lot
of stuff to reorganise.
Meanwhile, former national diversity and
social integration minister Rodger Samuel
said while he too would be taking a rest as
he had not had a vacation in five years.
Revealing he had only been off for seven
days during that
time, with no sick
leave being utilised,
Samuel said: "I
worked every day
and now it is time
to take a little break,
thoughts and decide
what s next."
Pressed to say
what he intended
to do both personally and professionally,
Samuel, who is also an ordained minister,
said he intended to continue his work from
the pulpit even as he pursued several private
Among them is completing his doctorate
in biblical studies.
Samuel, who also holds a doctorate in
philosophy, said he was deeply disturbed
by the racial slurs and propaganda which
underpinned the recently-concluded general
Stating that had been his third election,
Samuel said it was "tremendously ugly
because of the mentality of the people."
Referring to a scientific survey which had
been commissioned by the ministry during
his tenure, for an independent body to
determine race relations in T&T and chart
the way forward in the areas of education
and housing, Samuel said he could only
hope it would be used.
Declaring he was not "through with pol-
itics and that my journey is not over," Samuel
said he intended to spend time helping to
rebuild the Congress of the People (COP)
into a party that it could and should be.
He also said there was a greater oppor-
tunity now for him to expand his service
to the church.
Extending best wishes to the new crop
of government ministers, Samuel said the
Opposition could not be discounted as it
was heading into the Parliament with a for-
midable 18 seats.
Looking forward to what he termed "an
interesting time" as the Opposition benches
now held more experienced persons, Samuel
urged the newer and much less seasoned
politicians to grow and develop during their
time in office but to be aware that five years
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