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Attorney Om Lalla issued a pre-action protocol
letter to TOP's general secretary Alicia Edwards
on behalf of members Gladstone Solomon and
Trevor Gardiner, seeking postponement of the
election to allow for proper implementation of a
one-man, one-vote system.
Lalla's letter stated: "Should you fail to accede
our request we will have no alternative but to seek
legal redress from the High Court."
Commenting on the legal action, Jack said: "One
of those two members only applied for membership
about six months ago. When these things happen
you have to revisit your screening process to ensure
that those applying for membership are the best
kinds of people for the organisation who have the
organisation's best interest at heart."
Solomon told the T&T Guardian that he and
Gardiner filed the injunction because they felt the
election was not keeping with the constitution.
Jack, in a media release, later reaffirmed the
party's commitment to its membership to the one-
man, one-vote system, which was agreed upon at
the TOP's last annual conference, to ensure greater
democracy in its governance.
"To this end, the party intends to vigorously
defend the legal proceedings instituted by the two
members. The party is being represented in these
proceedings by attorney-at-law Michael Rooplal,"
the release said.
Monday, June 3, 2013 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
for 29th MAY, 2013
China s President Xi Jinping has offered
concessionary loans to nine Caribbean
countries totaling some $3 billion, Prime
Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar said yes-
Details of the offer were not immediately
disclosed, but Persad-Bissessar told reporters
the loans would be earmarked for infra-
structure and development projects across
"We really welcomed that generosity," she
China's ambassador to T&T, Hung Caio
Ming, was also unable to say what specific
projects the loans are intended to finance
but he said such loans from Beijing are
"something that will be increased in the
President Xi and his delegation departed
yesterday after meeting with various
Caribbean leaders in Port-of-Spain. This
country was the first stop of a four-country
trip in the region for Xi. He headed for Costa
Rica, and also planned stops in Mexico and
the United States.
On Saturday, Xi said China always views
its relationship with the Caribbean "from
a strategic perspective and we are committed
to the building of a comprehensive and co-
His visit to T&T came a few days after
US Vice-President Joe Biden met with polit-
ical leaders from across the Caribbean to
sign a trade agreement and discuss a range
of security, investment and energy issues.
During his stay, Xi also announced that
China was awarding a $250 million loan to
build a children's hospital and signed a mem-
orandum of understanding to advance co-
operation in energy, mineral and infrastruc-
ture development, among other areas.
In recent years, China has stepped up its
investments across the region. The Asian
economic giant has lent and invested tens
of billions of dollars in Latin American coun-
tries for a guaranteed flow of commodities.
Latin America now imports more from
China than it does from the European Union,
according to the UN economic agency for
China offers $3b in
loans to Caribbean
Four stunning leading women, from left, Denise Rodriguez-Archie, wife of Chief Justice Ivor Archie; Prime Minister Kamla Persad
Bissessar, Peng Liyuan, First Lady of the People's Republic of China, and Reema Carmona, wife of T&T's President, at a state banquet
hosted by President Anthony Carmona at the Hilton Trinidad and Conference Centre. PHOTO: ANDRE ALEXANDER
The court order handed down by Justice Jones
1) The defendants, (TOP), are restrained from
proceeding with the election of its executive arm
scheduled for today (yesterday), save and
except in accordance with the delegate system
of voting prescribed by Article 16.01 of the
constitution of the TOP and the convention
adopted by it in this regard, until the
determination of this action or further order.
2) The claimants undertake to file a claim
form on June 23, 2013.
3) Permission is granted for the claimants to
file and serve the statement of case by June 17.
4) The claimants undertake to serve filed
copies of the interim applications together with
the supporting affidavits of Gladstone Solomon
and Trevor Gardiner on June 3.
It was also further ordered that the injunction
be returned on June 6
Jack: Need to revisit
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