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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, August 1, 2013
Leader of the People s National Movement
(PNM) Dr Keith Rowley suggested yesterday that
PNM supporters voted for Jack Warner in Mon-
day s Chaguanas West by-election.
Rowley was responding to questions on the 400
votes received by the party s candidate, Avinash
Speaking to reporters at a news conference at
Balisier House, Rowley said Singh got more votes
than millions of other candidates in other elections.
He then said: "Let s not misunderstand this.
There were lots of PNM supporters, known to us,
who voted in a way to get the UNC (PP) Govern-
ment out of office."
Rowley said the PNM supporters did not do that
"on our urges," but acted "on their own urges."
He added: "There are PNM supporters who don t
go out to vote in Chaguanas, or they maintain their
registration in another constituency they may have
come from, because their vote will count there."
He said that was known to everybody who under-
stood the politics.
Rowley said the Kamla Persad-Bissessar-led
Government had effectively collapsed as a result
of Jack Warner s victory and she should therefore
call early elections. The PP Government was "splin-
tered," he said, as the man who played a leadership
role in its formation had resigned and formed a
Rowley pointed out that Warner resigned after
allegations of wrongdoing and those allegations
have not yet been cleared.
Warner s victory, he said, will not assist this
country s relations with international trading part-
ners in the United States, United Kingdom and
"This victory for Warner in Chaguanas will do
untold damage to the image of T&T."
Many in the international community would be
concerned that a man with so many allegations
against him was being promoted as a man of hope
for T&T, Rowley argued.
Rowley said while some might see Warner as a
potential prime minister of T&T, "we in the PNM
say, Not on your nelly. We are going to resist this
like we resist every other political party."
He said Warner s Independent Liberal Party
On the observance of the 175th anniversary of
Emancipation today, Prime Minister Kamla Per-
sad-Bissessar says not many countries in today s
turbulent world can boast of this country s level of
cultural tolerance and acceptance.
The PM said it was to T&T s credit that "we have
created an enviable model of cultural and religious
harmony, a modern hybrid of futuristic prosperity."
She said as they commemorate Emancipation and
awaken the spirit of liberty, citizens should "with
one voice, one heart and one mind determine to
create a nation where everyone finds acceptance and
security, where no one faces the stigma of alienation
and where every creed and race truly find an equal
place, in an environment of mutual respect and good-
Persad-Bissessar said the people of T&T should
"recognise and honour the strength and unconquer-
able spirit bequeathed to us by the ancestors of our
Afro-Trinidadian brothers and sisters, who survived
institutionalised inhumanity, humiliation and violence;
to emerge with hope, courage and the ability to per-
severe in the midst of unthinkable suffering, to con-
tribute, as a united people, to the building of a nation.
She said the impact of Emancipation "cannot be
"Emancipation bore witness to the triumph of the
human spirit and the determination to purge from
our society the negative legacy of oppression, dom-
ination and racism."
She said as citizens we can take pride in "our mul-
ticultural society where each group may experience
and share each another s diverse cultural traditions."
Persad-Bissessar said: "We are blessed with a
vibrant democratic system. We enjoy freedom of
expression and we can revel in the many achievements
of all our people in the fields of sport, culture and
PNM supporters voted
for Jack, says Rowley
(ILP) must adhere to the principles
of morality in public affairs.
Rowley described the PP as a
humpty-dumpty Government , which
he said had fallen off into pieces.
He also said the Opposition was
calling on the Integrity Commission
to address specific complaints raised
by members of the Government
against each other during the Chagua-
nas West by-election campaign.
Those issues include the use of state
letterheads to solicit millions of dollars
from contractors for private Christmas
events, allegations of corruption
against two government ministers and
the abuse of public resources for elec-
Varuna Deopersad of the UWI Afrikan Society beats a drum during the
Ministry of the Attorney General Office annual Emancipation Day celebration
at the Conference Room Cabildo Chambers, St Vincent Street, Port of-Spain,
yesterday. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
BEAUTY AND THE BEATS
PM's Emancipation Day message:
Stand together with
one heart, one voice
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