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Former United National Congress ministers---Kevin
Ramnarine and Collin Partap and Partap s father,
former ambassador Harry Partap---don t believe
Kamla Persad-Bissessar should seek re-election to
the post of political leader.
Partap Jr is supporting deputy leader Roodal Moonilal
if he decides to contest the leadership post.
Ramnarine said fatal mistakes were made under
Persad-Bissessar s leadership in UNC s general election
campaign, such as the "No Rowley" thrust, which
was conceived and promoted by Naparima MP Rodney
These were among latest party views on the UNC s
December 5 internal election. Moonilal is expected
to announce within coming days whether he will
accede to calls within and outside of the party to
challenge incumbent Persad-Bissessar.
Former Cumuto-Manzanilla MP Collin Partap said
yesterday: "I m supporting Roodal, I believe it s time
for a change. It s obvious why Mrs Persad-Bissessar
shouldn t seek re-election. She s lost five elections
in five years. Change is needed."
Partap was fired as junior national security minister
by Persad-Bissessar in 2012 following his refusal to
submit to a breathalyser test outside the Zen night-
He had also been rejected as Cumuto/Manzanilla
MP and was succeeded by Christine Newallo-Hosein.
The latter said last week she supported Persad-Bisses-
sar for the leadership.
Partap s father, former Cumuto/Manzanilla MP
Harry Partap, a former journalist, (whom Persad-
Bissessar appointed ambassador to South Africa in
2010 when the People s Partnership (PP) won the
election) is also against Persad-Bissessar contesting
Partap Sr, who said he returned last weekend from
South Africa, said: "I didn t support Basdeo Panday
in the last leadership elections (in 2010) as I felt he
couldn t take the UNC to government. However, in
the September 2015 general election, Mrs Persad-
Bissessar was unable to take the PP into government
again and she has lost other elections in the term.
It s my view we should seek someone else to lead
"In the tradition of other political parties when a
leader loses, they step down. So she should step aside
and let someone else take the reins as we have to
restructure the party to get into government again,"
Former energy minister Ramnarine said he was
not contesting any executive position but noted:
"We must consider the contribution Mrs Persad-
Bissessar has made to national development and
appreciate and thank her for her contribution to T&T
and for her role as prime minister.
"But in the corporate world, when a company is
consistently showing bad results and losing money,
one of the first things that is done is that shareholders
seek to change the board and CEO. In like manner,
in the last two years, the UNC under Mrs Persad-
Bissessar s leadership has lost elections consistently.
What has to happen in going forward now, is the
party has to give itself the opportunity to elect a new
Former ministers join chorus:
Step aside Kamla
leader and a new executive."
On political analyst Mukesh Basdeo s comments
that it may not be necessary for a leader to step down
if the party lost election, Ramnarine said:
"I believe the party has to be put in a position where
it can continue to attract youths and a wide cross
section of society. Clearly in the current situation, it
cannot do that or isn t doing that. One must understand
T&T s demographics and profile has changed. UNC
has to rebrand and repackage itself to attract more."
Tabaquite MP Suruj Rambachan, who
supports Persad-Bissessar, admitted
while she lost elections, "she alone didn't
lose, the party also lost. The loss of an
election isn't by itself reason enough to
reject her. This was a close election, one
separated by just over 40,000 votes. "
"Yes we lost in Tobago THA elections
but my considered view, is that the TOP
and in particular Ashworth Jack should
carry the majority of the blame. The TOP
failed to inspire the people of Tobago and
at the parliamentary level there was a
lack-lustre quality of representation by
"We lost the by-elections in
Chaguanas West and St Joseph.
Chaguanas West was won back in 2015.
We are yet to fully understand what
caused the earlier loss, save to say the
voting population were convinced we
were unfit to govern. In the 2013 local
government elections the UNC held on
to its base."
He added: "As leader she's had the
humility to admit she made mistakes..
She hasn't refused to take the barrage of
criticisms but instead has acknowledged
them with humility and understanding.
By calling internal elections she is giving
the membership an opportunity to
endorse her or reject her."
THE PARTY ALSO LOST, SAYS SURUJ
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