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A temporary army base will be estab-
lished in Enterprise from December 16,
National Security Minister Edmund
Dillon has said.
He was responding to Opposition
queries in Parliament on Friday.
Prime Minster Dr Keith Rowley also
revealed Government has engaged legal
counsel to advise on a $1.3 billion claim
made by China Machinery Engineering
Corporation (CMEC) concerning the
project and at-
tempt to nego-
tiate a settle-
even as Gov-
of the process,
"there still re-
tunities for an
aluminium downstream industry us-
ing imported aluminium. To this end,
Government continues to explore these
possibilities given other opportunities which might
still be open to us."
On another matter, House Speaker Bridgid Ann-
isette-George instructed United National Congress
MP Dr Bhoe Tewarie to leave the chamber, after Tew-
arie attempted to question Minister in the Office of
the Prime Minister, Stuart Young, on the Mitsubi-
shi-Massy complex and clashed with Young, retorting
several times. Tewarie also attempted to query why
he was being asked to leave, which reinforced the
MPs also debated North East Trinidad flooding in
a motion presented by UNC MP Christine Newal-
lo-Hosein. She said Government had failed to ad-
equately address the effects of the weather system
on the area. She said it resulted in one of the
worst disasters to occur in T&T, caus-
ing landslides that cut off communities
and health hazards. She said authorities
failed to dredge and widen blocked rivers
despite repeated appeals. MPs also paid
tribute to late Cuban leader Fidel Castro,
who died last week.
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from Dec 16
Front bench seating
for UNC's Local
United National Congress MPs gave Op-
position Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar a
desk-thumping welcome when she entered
the Parliament chamber last Friday.
This came in the wake of Monday's Local Gov-
ernment Elections results where the UNC held its
six corporations and tied with the ruling People's
National Movement in Sangre Grande.
Also, apparently in recognition of the results, the
seating on the parliamentary Opposition benches
has been changed, with some MPs who spearheaded
Local Government campaign planning "promoted"
up the front bench.
Ganga Singh has been
replaced by party chair-
man, MP David Lee, who
assisted in campaign
MP Rodney Charles has
been moved from the back
bench to the front bench.
Singh has been shifted
to the back bench where
Previously, Singh had
said the Whip's position
was an interim one for
him. He was absent Friday, attending the swearing
in of Chaguanas councillors. Singh had assisted
with coordinating the Chaguanas campaign.
Moving up several seats were MPs Bhoe Tew-
arie---now closer to the 'top' of the front bench---and
Roodal Moonilal. The latter was shifted almost to
the end of the front row after he unsuccessfully
contested the leadership against Per-
sad-Bissessar last year. COP MP
Prakash Ramadhar's seat was, how-
ever, moved to the last on the front
bench. He'd previously been seated
close to Persad-Bissessar. He is over-
On Friday, Opposition senator,
former COP MP Rodger Samuel,
told reporters the COP did not have
a good performance and the party was
affected by low turnout. He said he
and other COP members will have to
sit and discuss the COP's future going
forward and if it should unite with the
UNC or others.
COP's votes totalled 1,803 com-
pared to the UNC's 180,758, NSA's
804, ILP's 303 and MSJ's 790.
PNM deputy leader Marlene Mc-
Donald, who co-ordinated the PNM's
Port-of-Spain areas, said Monday's
results could "have been better...but given the cir-
cumstances we did quite well."
She said the PNM did "reasonably well in" PoS
North and South, adding the PNM must never stop
"You must always be connected to the people on
the ground; I always had that connection. Generally,
all MPs really should. You're a representative first
and ministerial position after. All MPs' objectives
should be to work with constituencies."
On whether the leadership will advise this fol-
lowing the results, she said she was sure it would
"We need to talk more on the LG reform process,
educate the people more. We cannot stop. MPs
should have cottage meetings with constituencies.
I'm starting right after Christmas."
On whether the PNM's message did not resonate
with voters, she said some supporters had said they
would "sit this one out" and general elections were
more important. Planning Minister Camille Robin-
son-Regis said Government would still present local
government legislation on municipal police
and having a fund for corporations. This
requires Opposition support for passage.
Dr Bhoe Tewarie
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