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Suspended People s National Move-
ment member Christine "Twiggy"
Livia yesterday sashayed on to the red
carpet at and into the Parliament
building, showing off her invitation
to the ceremony.
Livia, who joined the political party
in 1968, was suspended and faces dis-
ciplinary proceedings along with two
other members, radio talk show host
Ricardo Welch, otherwise known as the
"Gladiator" and Barry Garcia.
Livia said she had been invited by
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and
stopped for photos before walking into
the Parliament building at Tower D,
Wrightson Road, Port-of-Spain.
Moments later she exited the building
after being directed to an air-condi-
tioned tent set up for invited guests
near the Waterfront s fountain.
While some guests sat in an enclosed
tent, roughly 200 others sat under five
open tents in the sweltering heat, look-
ing at a large screen set up to show the
Retiree, Ainsley Smith (not his real
last name) said he had witnessed the
opening ceremony of Parliament at the
Red House and at the Waterfront but
preferred the Red House.
"There was more history there. It felt
a lot bigger," he added.
Smith, who was there with his wife,
said they were excited to see all of the
new ministers but especially the new
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, who
they had voted for in the September 7
However, they were disappointed as
both Rowley and Opposition Leader
Kamla Persad-Bissessar used a side
entrance to enter the building.
Most of the crowd gathered to wit-
ness the opening ceremony was elderly
with the only exception being a primary
school class and a few young women
in red PNM T-shirts, with the words
"We did it" printed on the back.
The crowd cheered excitedly as the
Speaker of the House Bridgid Annisette-
George and President of the Senate
Christine Kangaloo were announced.
They also cheered as the Prime Min-
ister and several Government Ministers
took their parliamentary oaths.
However, boos could be heard as Per-
sad-Bissessar and her Opposition col-
leagues were sworn in.
The crowd also jeered President
Anthony Carmona but later cheered
when he slammed the racist comments
on Facebook following the election.
Suspended 'Twiggy' on red carpet:
Rowley invited me
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, left, walks past suspended PNM members Ricardo
"Gladiator" Welch and Christine "Twiggy" Livia during a reception following the
ceremonial opening of Parliament at Tower D International Waterfront, Port-of-Spain
yesterday. PHOTO: NICOLE DRAYTON
Opposition Whip Dr Roodal Moonilal and leader
of Opposition business in the Senate Wade Mark yes-
terday warned the new PNM Government to ensure
it delivered to the population or face an early return
to the polls.
Moonilal, in an interview, said the new 18-member
PP Opposition was the strongest in the nation s history
and consequently the 23-member PNM Government
was likely to be the weakest ever.
Moonilal said the "strong" UNC team in the House
of Representatives will "face the Government with tenac-
ity and courage on all spheres."
He said while the Government would need to settle
in, the Opposition was looking at the escalating murder
and crime rate since the September 7 general election.
He said the Opposition would grill the Government
"on their spending and accountability" in the coming
However, he said: "Many people believe this Govern-
ment cannot last five years."
Saying he "will not want to predict when this par-
liamentary term will come to an end but all I can say
is that their task is daunting and if they do not come
up to the plate very soon pressure will build both inside
and outside the Parliament and that will lead to early
polls before 2015."
Mark, speaking during the first sitting of the Senate
during the ceremonial opening of Parliament, said the
Opposition wished the Government well but quickly
added that if it failed to deliver there would be early
recall to the polls.
He appealed to the Government "to do what is nec-
essary to (and) take action to restore security, safety and
the well-being of our citizens."
He said the Government should "not adopt Nero as
your patron saint. Do not fiddle while our republic
According to the former House Speaker: "It is said
that evil comes forth in the guise of good and may I say
double talk seems to be the order of the day where indi-
viduals in high places engage in a high degree of deceptive
rhetoric but with little or no concrete performance or
programme to comfort the citizens thus far.
He said the PP Opposition intended to pursue "a
course of action aimed at protecting genuine freedom,
equality and justice for all citizens."
face the polls
Moonilal to new Govt:
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