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UNC MP Winston "Gypsy" Peters, who
consistently supported Warner during his
campaign against the PP, when asked about
bringing Warner into the Government, said:
"I m all for unifying the whole thing.
"There s only one Opposition. So we
should bring everyone into the partnership
who wants to come in so we can strengthen
it against them and make it what we pro-
fessed it would be when we entered office."
Asked if it would be credible, since the
PM had shot down Warner s idea of joining
the PP during the campaign, Peters said:
"In politics things can be very negotiable.
When you re on the hustings, you say and
do things, but compromises can also be
reached that as long as the climate is right.
So of course it can happen."
TOP leader Ashworth Jack said bringing
Warner back was "an issue we all have to
"He s always been a valuable member of
the team and whether we like it or not,
what he s done is a first in this part of the
world. He wanted a new mandate and the
people gave that to him. We all have a lot
to learn from the democracy at play here."
He said he was sure the PP might have
no choice but to accept Warner, but it was
something no one leader could decide on,
since leaders weren t the organisation. He
said he would talk to his party on the mat-
ter.Asked if PP leaders needed to meet on
the matter, Jack said a meeting was "always
He said: "I want to congratulate Warner
on his victory. It s a red-letter day for T&T.
It puts to rest in my mind the issue of race
as it relates to the ordinary citizen transcend-
ing the issue of colour and creed. I think all
leaders in T&T could do well to learn from
that, including those in Tobago."
Jack said the PM didn t need to step down
or call a general election as a result of the
"This is a time, however, for introspec-
tion," he added.
NJAC deputy leader Embau Moheni said
while he had a personal position on the
issue, he wouldn t pre-empt any meeting
COP deputy leader Lincoln Douglas, how-
ever, said while the COP would consider all
options and possibilities, the COP had put
its position on Warner on the table before.
"We ll consult members and see where
it goes from here," he said, "but the party
position is fairly clear."
Douglas, saying he was staying with his
party, added he supported the COP s call
for an urgent meeting of leaders.
"We believe the tenets of the partnership
have to be examined very carefully. We can
no longer continue doing business as usual.
We must examine where we go from here.
The by-election results represent a strong
reflection on how T&T is thinking, so it
cannot be business as usual," Douglas said.
"We also have to reflect carefully on part-
nership leadership, specifically, how leading
is done in this coalition. It s not a single
Douglas said COP MPs will caucus before
today s Cabinet to speak from a unified
All options are on the table.
That s the word from Independent Liberal
Party chairman Robin Montano yesterday, when
asked if the ILP would pursue its leader Jack
Warner s wish to join the ruling partnership.
Montano said the ILP s executive meets this
afternoon after a luncheon and press conference
to discuss the way forward.
"We have to consider what is in the best inter-
ests of the membership and T&T," Montano
He said since Monday s by-election victory,
ILP applications have tripled and the party has
received applications from UNC members from
all over the country, including Pointe-a-Pierre,
which is held by government MP Errol McLeod,
and also COP councillors.
However, St Joseph MP Herbert Volney, who
resigned from the UNC, said yesterday that
Warner should make a clean break from the PP
and not seek to rejoin it.
"Because," he said, "they have no intention
of cleaning up their act. If they make overtures
to him to return, he should have conditions,
such as certain ministers have to be fired for
bringing the Government into disrepute." (GA)
ILP meets today
on way forward
COP: It's no longer
business as usual ILP Jack Warner won 12,642 votes, winning
at all 51 polling stations, the highest number
of votes at one station being 361 and his
UNC Khadijah Ameen 5,129.
Highest number of votes: 176. Lowest: 42
PNM Avinash Singh 421.
Highest votes: 40, Lowest: 1
DNA Kirk Meighoo 35
NCT Oliver Norman 21.
45 rejected ballots
70 special voters cast ballots
26,472 names on list of electors
18, 299 total ballots cast
Source: Elections and Boundaries
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FINAL BY-ELECTION FIGURES
for 30th JULY, 2013
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