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She said the leases provide the beneficiaries with
security, financial strength, and a future.
"We do not see development as being only mega-
projects," she said.
Persad-Bissessar opened a new section of the Uriah
Butler Highway on Saturday and she said yesterday
she would like the entire project to be completed by
January next year.
"Our nation will be only so patient, and while we
have done well to deliver this section of the project
early, people will not tolerate delays or overruns,"
"Delivery of the completed interchange project
therefore remains on course to be delivered at the
end of January 2014," she added.
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Hours before today s Nomination Day for can-
didates to contest the November 4 St Joseph by-
election, the People s Partnership was still trying
to choose its candidate.
This is according to Prime Minister Kamla Per-
sad-Bissessar, who told reporters yesterday the United
National Congress (UNC) was still engaged in the
screening exercise. She said that could go late into
The People's National Movement (PNM) has
announced its candidate, Senator Terrence Deyalsingh
while attorney Om Lalla was announced as candidate
for the Independent Liberal Party (ILP), led by former
national security minister Jack Warner.
Sources said Crime Watch host Ian Alleyne and
National Infrastructure Development Company (Nido)
President Dr Carson Charles were among those being
considered by the UNC.
The by-election was called after St Joseph MP,
former Justice Minister Herbert Volney resigned as
MP. He was forced to do so after House Speaker
ruled that he vacate the seat after leaving the party
in which he was elected MP. Volney resigned from
the UNC and joined the ILP.
Persad-Bissessar spoke at yesterday's land distri-
bution ceremony for 771 former Caroni (1975) Ltd
workers at Centre Pointe Mall, Chaguanas. The land
was part of the Voluntary Separation of Employment
Plan under the former government in 2002.
She said the distribution of the two-acre lots for
residential and agricultural purposes was the fulfilment
of a promise by her PP administration. She denied
PP waits on 11th hour to
name St Joseph candidate
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar presents a lease to Marloo Mohammed during the presentation of
leases to 771 former employees of Caroni (1975) Ltd at Centre Pointe Mall Auditorium, Ramsaran Street,
Chaguanas yesterday. At left is Food Production Minister, Devant Maharaj. PHOTO: SHASTRI BOODAN
Is the debate still on? That was
the question many people asked on
social media yesterday after news
broke that Prime Minister Kamla
Persad-Bissessar---leader of the
People s Partnership Government---
had opted not to participate in
tomorrow s T&T Debates Commis-
sion s leaders debate.
It was the second and final debate
in the run-up to next Monday's local
government elections. Last week
Tuesday, senior party representatives
from the PP Government, the Peo-
ple's National Movement, the Move-
ment for Social Justice and the Inde-
pendent Liberal Party participated
in the debate.
In a release yesterday, the com-
mission said it was with "deep
regret" that it learnt of Persad-
Bissessar's decision to not participate
in the debate and delegate Legal
Affairs Minister Prakash Ramadhar---
the leader of the Congress of the
People, a member unit of the PP---
to represent the Government. It is
asking Persad-Bissessar to "recon-
sider her decision not to partici-
The commission said the Fyzabad
Declaration of April 2010, which
effectively established the PP, stated
that its leader was Persad-Bissessar.
The commission said it specifically
invited the leaders of the PP, PNM,
MSJ and ILP "to engage in the lead-
It said given the current political
dispensation, the views of the leaders
of the parties were important for
local government reform.
And Opposition Leader Dr Keith
Rowley is awaiting the resolution of
this matter to determine his next
Opposition senator and PNM PRO
Faris Al-Rawi confirmed that Rowley
was eagerly awaiting the debate with
the PM and others.
Al-Rawi said yesterday that the
debate was an excellent forum to
hear from all the leaders on local
government issues presented. He
said the PM's withdrawal at the
eleventh hour was "extremely curi-
ous" as it showed that she may not
be in control of her PP Government.
He said the latest development
may be an indication that she was
under the control of a cabal.
He said Persad-Bissessar has
become the only past or present
prime minister who speaks infre-
quently in Parliament, except when
she speaks last.
He said Rowley was awaiting the
next move by the Debates Commis-
sion in this matter.
And leader of the MSJ, David
Abdulah describes the PM's and ILP
leader Jack Warner not to participate
in the debate as "pettiness." Warner
has reportedly said he won't par-
ticipate in the debate if the PM was
Ramadhar in a release issued yes-
terday said he was looking "forward
to sharing our ideas for the future
with the voters this week."
He added: "COP fought hard on
behalf of its thousands of members
to secure a seat at the table during
these debates, and we plan to make
the most of the opportunity this
He said the COP welcomed the
opportunity to share "our vision for
the future with voters."
Speaking at a walkabout in Lisas
Gardens, Point Lisas yesterday, Row-
ley said that the PNM was undecided
about its participation in tomorrow's
national leadership debate organised
by the T&T Debates Commission.
"We have signed on to taking part
in a leadership debate...so as long
as there is a leadership to debate,
we are on and if there is no lead-
ership then we have to review that.
We are prepared, but our commit-
ment is to a leadership debate."
Last week, senior representatives
four political parties participated in
a local government election debate.
Among debaters were Akins Vidale
of the MSJ, Local Government Min-
ister Dr Surajrattan Rambachan and
PNM MP Colm Imbert.
asks PM to think again
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