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women s issues
remained on the
said, although hav-
ing the first female
could have made
an impact in terms
of gender balanc-
ing, budgeting and
Asked if she was
disappointed in Per-
sad-Bissessar s handling of allegations of corrup-
tion, Oudit said: "Yes, I am a little disappoint-
"I feel there are a number of cases that were
brought to her attention and much more intro-
spection and reflection and examination through
the proper channel should have been done.
"I believe there is a sluggishness in the way in
which matters of that nature are dealt with, and
that is the bane of most leaders if you don t act
in a certain way...she has a responsibility to pursue
those that have merit."
She cited the Government s handling of welfare
and dependency, as well as agriculture, saying
these things could have been handled better.
Oudit also expressed disappointment at the
party s decision not to select Warner as the can-
didate for the Chaguanas West by-election,
although he had the support of all 31 party groups
in the constituency.
Local Government Minister Dr Surujrattan Ram-
bachan, contacted for comment yesterday, said
in politics people changed their minds.
Asked if Oudit s resignation would affect the
UNC, Rambachan said the party continues and
the Government continues.
"As there are people leaving the party, there
are also people joining the party," he said.
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PM in wake of key resignations:
for 06th AUGUST, 2013
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar
said yesterday she was not taken by sur-
prise when Senate vice-president Lyndira
Oudit resigned from the United National
Congress and her senatorial post.
"When you get to be my age, expect any-
thing," Persad-Bissessar said in a brief inter-
view with reporters after she formally com-
missioned the $56 million Siparia market
and conference facility.
Persad-Bissessar said it was Oudit s
"democratic right to choose a party of her
choice or not choose a party."
"I have no further comment on that
matter. She has exercised her democratic
right and you would want to ask her further
on that," the PM said.
Oudit was once a close ally of Persad-
During Persad-Bissessar s rise to the lead-
ership of the UNC, Oudit put her job in the
Parliament on the line to throw her support
behind the Siparia MP for party leader. She
was axed by then Opposition Leader Basdeo
Panday in 2010.
Yesterday, however, Persad-Bissessar
refused to say how she felt about Oudit s
She said instead, "We will deal with each
eventuality when they arise.
"I am not unduly fearful. There must be
some kind of change in the way we do busi-
ness. I mentioned that today and I will be
meeting with party groups and I have been
receiving numerous phone calls, e-mails,
text messages---a lot of people. A lot of
goodwill out there.
"We spend some time on introspection
and reflection to see what is the way for-
Persad-Bissessar denied that her govern-
ment was haemorrhaging.
Oudit s resignation came on the heels of
the resignations of St Joseph MP Herbert
Volney and Chaguanas West MP Jack Warn-
er. Tobago Organisation of the People (TOP)
chairman Lionel Coker has also tendered
his resignation from that party. (See Page
A6)The PM said: "I have not seen any haem-
orrhaging of ministers. One minister was
already no longer in the Cabinet, one min-
ister resigned, given allegations, as you all
"I do not want to go further into that at
this time. I do not know of any other min-
ister actually leaving the Cabinet...if it arises
I will deal with it," she said.
Persad-Bissesssar also dismissed Oppo-
sition calls for her to call a general election.
"I have no intention of calling an early
election, Insha Allah (God willing.) We have
a mandate for five years and we intend to
continue to work to serve the people for
five years. So the Opposition call...not new,"
But Housing Minister Roodal Minister
yesterday admitted he was surprised by
Oudit s decision, saying he was not yet sure
of the reason for her departure.
He said, however, that a replacement for
Oudit had not been determined.
"These are appointments that are made
by the Prime Minister. So we will look for-
ward to another suitable appointment," he
Moonilal also commended Oudit for her
performance as Senate vice-president.
"I want to wish her all the best. She has
done a good job as the vice-president of
the Senate. I wish her all the best in her
future activities," he said.
Prime Minister Kamla
Persad-Bissessar unveils the
plaque to the Siparia Market
yesterday. Looking on are
Minister of Transport
Chandresh Sharma, left, and
Minister of Local
Rambachan, second left,
along with chairman of the
Siparia Regional Corporation
Leo Doodnath, right, and
vendor Patricia Little, second
PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
Chaguanas West MP Jack
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