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"I have nothing to say on that."
He promised to reveal "all" when
he addresses the public on Friday.
Warner also intends to raise the issue
about the delayed election for the lead-
ership position of the UNC, which
should have been held six months ago.
"This is the same thing she (the Prime
Minister) cussed Basdeo Panday about."
Asked if certain government min-
isters were fearful of him, Warner
replied, "I don t know. She (PM)
brought down a posse of people in
Felicity a while ago. None of them were
from Felicity. You call her and ask her.
She has Moonilal, Coudray, she has
everybody there except people from
Questioned if the decision by the
PM to select Ameen was a slap to his
face Warner replied, "No. It was not
a slap in my face, it was a slap possibly
for the Government or for the UNC."
Warner said the cabal that exists in
the Government will lead the PP out
of office "if we don t nip it in the bud."
He said many people were of the
view that the Government will not
make its full five-year term in office.
"Let the people decide. It is up to
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and Khadijah Ameen,
the UNC s Chaguanas West candidate, were given a warm wel-
come when the duo, a barrage of government ministers and
party supporters walked through the streets of Felicity yester-
Persad-Bissessar and Ameen met at the Shri Krishen Mandir
at Lyle Lane Street. Persad-Bissessar greeted the supporters and
advised them of the short campaign that will culminate with a
by-election on July 29.
"We go brave today. I thank you, the supporters, for coming
out in your strength."
Persad-Bissessar told reporters the feedback the party has been
getting is that Ameen would take home the seat for the UNC.
She said Ameen was a good campaigner who will represent
women and youth in the party.
Ask Mr Warner what are his steps---Persad-Bissessar
When asked about the status of former MP Jack Warner, the
PM said Warner remains a member of the UNC. "You may want
to ask Mr Warner what are his steps at this time."
Ameen said she was pleased to be among the "good people"
Ameen said she comes into the election with experience as a
corporation chairman responsible for 11 constituencies, extending
from Blanchisseuse to Monroe Road, Cunupia.
Ameen said Chaguanas West has suffered a lot of neglect over
several administrations. She said the national development thrust
for the constituency must continue, and the residents must take
part in a participatory democracy to determine how projects are
undertaken and in what time frame it should happen.
Ameen said she has had reports of thuggery, and she would
not support any sort of thuggery and mudslinging with anyone.
Ameen said she wants Warner to work with her.
"I hope he could join me at some point in support if he doesn t
have any bad feelings."
The walk proceeded south from the temple with the PM sharing
calendars and cups from the back of a truck.
Persad-Bissessar later got off the truck to meet the residents.
'Let the people decide'
Former MP Jack Warner is embraced by a supporter during a UNC rally in Chaguanas on Friday night, where the party
named Tunapuna/Piarco Regional Corporation chairman Khadijah Ameen as its candidate to contest the July 29 by-election
for the Chaguanas West seat he vacated. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
Jack Warner s decision to go up
as an independent candidate or
form his own political party can
challenge and fracture the United
National Congress (UNC).
Going up as an independent can
also result in Warner being expelled
from the party forthwith.
This was the view of political ana-
lyst Maukesh Basdeo yesterday, fol-
lowing the announcement by Warn-
er that he now has three options
If Warner does not contest the
poll, it would prove that he will
remain a UNC member for life, Bas-
Basdeo said if Warner gives the
PM his full support, it would be
interesting to find out his next move.
"If he decides to go up as an inde-
pendent candidate or forms his own
political party it will become an open
challenge for the UNC.
"It would be seen as a fracture
within the party."
Basdeo said forming a political
party can also test Warner s power
in the local government election.
"One would have to look at Mr
Warner s popularity that extends
outside of Chaguanas West," he said.
"Any decision he takes, he will
still have to challenge the Prime
Minister because of the decision of
the party...she is the political leader."
Political analyst Dr Bishnu
Ragoonath, meanwhile, said if Warn-
er does not contest, he can live to
fight another day within the UNC.
Ragoonath said forming a third
party has a history of crumbling.
"He knows fully well if he wants
to go up for the leadership position
or any position in the UNC, he can
not run as an independent or form
his own party.
"He has to decide whether he is
going to be silent on this
election...let it go, come back to
fight another day, or if he is going
to stand alone."
The challenge with Warner stand-
ing alone, Ragoonath said, was start-
ing a third force.
"All his support may very well be
based in Chaguanas. Can he get sup-
port from the rest of the country?
I don t know. I don t think so."
Can the PM be forced to call a
snap election? Ragoonath said no.
"Nothing can force the Prime Min-
ister. The Prime Minister has a sig-
nificant majority regardless of Warn-
er."Asked if Warner has the support
to capture the Chaguanas West seat,
Ragoonath said "chances are he has."
But winning a seat as an inde-
pendent does not take you very far,
Ragoonath said if Khadijah Ameen
was the only female who was
screened by the UNC and the Prime
Minister had made up her mind that
she wanted a female that represented
youth and women, then the whole
screening process was a farce.
"If the only woman was Khadijah,
then why go through the motions
of screening when you wanted a
This man torches a UNC flag during the rally in Chaguanas on
An independent Jack
can fracture UNC
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