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Just one week before local
government elections, Con-
gress of the People s (COP)
political leader Prakash Ramad-
har admits that the party has
lost popularity since the Peo-
ple s Partnership Government
was elected in 2010.
"There is no political party
that is strong at the time of elec-
tion. In 2010, there was a won-
derful environment and then
there was the reality. There has
been two generations of neglect
and we are working towards
changing the system.
"At the end of this term, the
determination will made if this
Government has lived up to the
expectation of the people," he
Ramadhar was speaking yes-
terday at the launch of its can-
didates for the local government
elections at COP s Flagship
House, corner, Broome and Tra-
garete Road, Port-of-Spain.
COP will contest seats in the
Arima Borough Corporation,
Diego Martin Regional Corpo-
ration, Port-of-Spain City Cor-
poration, San Fernando and
Tunapuna/Piarco Regional Cor-
Whatever their popularity
level is right now, he said he is
"I am unafraid of whether we
are stronger or weaker. Our chal-
lenge is to be around for long
period of time. Our timeline is
not about the next general elec-
tion but future generations," he
Responding to questions
about Winston Dookeran s
absence at yesterday s launch of
candidates, Ramadhar said
Dookeran is with them "in spir-
it."Dookeran is Foreign Affairs
Minister and Member of Par-
liament for Tunapuna.
"He may not be physically
here but he is with us. He walked
with us yesterday and he is
walking today. We have his full
support," Ramadhar said.
He said whatever the results
of the next general election, the
COP is not going to roll over
"I will tell you about the DNA
of COP, we will never lie down
and die. We will keep on. There
are no real alternatives to the
COP," he said.
Yesterday, the party s deputy
chairman Nicole Dyer-Griffith
outlined the COP s "Total Local"
manifesto which includes five
These include conducting
needs assessment of the com-
munities, planning, identification
of resources, implementation
and feedback from the commu-
"All that we do is in consul-
tation with the communities,"
Prakash: We'll not
roll over and die
As COP launches local govt candidates...
COP leader Prakash Ramadhar addresses questions from members of the media at the launch of Total
Local at COP Flagship House, Corner Broome Street & Tragarete Road, Port-of-Spain, yesterday. In
background, from left, Keisha Armstrong, candidate for Southern POS, Nicole Dyer-Griffith, deputy
chairman, Anderson Andrews, Rocky Mars, Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan, chairman, and Venude
Rajkumar. PHOTO: ANDY HYPOLITE
People s National Movement (PNM) leader Dr
Keith Rowley says parents must take responsibility
for their children and not encourage criminal con-
duct in their homes.
Rowley made the statement last night as he
addressed a PNM meeting at Lisas Gardens Basketball
Court, California, Point Lisas.
The PNM leader, who was in a no-nonsense mood,
told supporters that he had "no sympathy" for parents
who knowing encourage their children to participate
in criminal acts.
He said this worrying trend is an indication of the
state of moral and spiritual values in T&T.
Rowley said he grew up in a home with five brothers
and they were taught to respect the law and not once
did the police have to come calling at their door. He
said his father taught them to respect the police.
The opposition leader lamented that parents are
not taking responsibility to teach their children respect
"Parents do not pass responsibility for your children
onto others," he said.
He called on supporters to take control of their
homes and their children. Rowley advised young
people in the audience to remember that there are
no short cuts in life and a life of crime should not
be an option.
The PNM leader, who led a walkabout in the area
earlier in the afternoon, said T&T is going through
a crisis of management and it is up to them to turn
this country around. He said the local government
election campaign has been "long and gruelling."
Rowley told supporters not to dismiss the impor-
tance of the local government elections.
"You need to come out and vote, bring your friends,"
Rowley said voters have to send a message to the
government that they are not pleased with the direc-
tion T&T is heading.
The opposition leader said Prime Minister Kamla
Persad-Bissessar s attorney Israel Khan s letter to the
Integrity Commission is an indication that there is
a "level of madness" taking over the country.
He said Government is bound by law to answer
any questions or investigation by the Commission.
Members of Tribe
their hands in victory
on winning the
women's finals at
annual dragon boat
festival next to the
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