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Interim political leader of the Inde-
pendent Liberal Party (ILP) Jack Warn-
er has challenged the People s National
Movement (PNM) to have San Fernan-
do East MP Patrick Manning step down
from his San Fernando East seat---trig-
gering yet another by-election.
"I challenge the PNM to do so. If
they re so concerned about represen-
tation and so sure of themselves, then
ask Manning to step down and have the
seat be declared vacant for a by-elec-
tion," Warner said on Wednesday.
Manning has consistently been grant-
ed sick leave from the Parliament since
he returned from the United States last
August for treatment for a mild stroke
he suffered in January 2012. His latest
leave ends at year-end.
Warner said stepping down and hold-
ing a by-election was the correct thing
to do. He said Manning would lose noth-
ing by stepping down and his family
Acknowledging the area was a PNM
stronghold, Warner said, however, "The
ILP will certainly participate in any by-
election for that seat."
Warner had made the call for Man-
ning to step down a few months ago.
But indications from San Fernando East
officials were that he would step down
at term s end as he has said, and not
On Warner s latest request, the
answer from PNM San Fernando East
officials has remained the same.
Warner also said he wrote Prime Min-
ister Kamla Persad-Bissessar a public
letter in his Sunshine newspaper edi-
torial, saying it was time for the People s
Partnership to give up and call a general
election as the government lacked the
moral authority to govern after losing
four elections in a year.
Warner said: "It s a sad indictment
on the Government. The cabal has
brought down the blaze of glory the
Government embarked on its mission
with in 2010---(Suruj) Rambachan,
(Roodal) Moonilal and (Anand ) Ram-
logan. They ve brought the Government
to its knees.
"If she got rid of the cabal, I d certainly
consider returning to the PP and T&T
will breathe a sigh of relief," Warner
added. "She has 15 months in which to
get rid of them. If she moves swiftly
and shows T&T a different face, things
can improve, since she has political cur-
rency but the cabal doesn t."
On Warner s request for the PNM to
have Manning to step down, PNM chair-
man Franklin Khan said, "We stand by
our MP but we know the issue of par-
liamentary leave is in the hands of the
House Speaker on whether he will grant
"However, we re behind Mr Manning,
he s a living legend, an icon and long-
standing MP and if he requests to serve
out his term with dignity, we support
On criticism that Manning cam-
paigned last month with a PNM motor-
cade for local government elections,
Khan said while his condition may allow
him to go out to do things like attending
his constituency office---as he said Man-
ning has done---it may not allow full
participation in Parliament, and the
PNM respected the situation.
Housing Minister Dr Roodal
Moonilal says Prime Minister
Kamla Persad-Bissessar com-
mands the full support of all gov-
ernment MPs and ministers.
He made the statement on
Wednesday in response to ques-
tions raised by political analysts
over the strength of the Prime
Minister s leadership after four
successive election defeats, the
last being Monday s by-election
in St Joseph.
Moonilal, speaking with
reporters after the election of a
chairman and deputy chairman at
the Penal/Debe Regional Corpo-
ration s office, SS Erin Road, Debe,
said there was no question about
Persad-Bissessar s leadership.
"The prime minister demon-
strated enormous capacity and
leadership," he said.
Moonilal said the party lost the
Chaguanas West by-election,
which was regarded as a safe seat,
and in four short months won all
its corporations in the local gov-
He added, "We did a very com-
mendable job in St Joseph as a
result of her leadership."
Moonilal said Persad-Bissessar s
leadership has "inspired and moti-
vated us and she has the complete
support of all MPS and all min-
isters of Parliament (sic)."
On Monday, the UNC s candi-
date Ian Alleyne was defeated by
People s National Movement
(PNM) candidate Terrence Deyals-
Immediately after that victory,
PNM leader Dr Keith Rowley called
for fresh elections. He said the
Prime Minister had lost the sup-
port of the people, which was
demonstrated by the People s Part-
nership s defeat at the polls.
However, Moonilal dismissed
Rowley s call.
"Tell Dr Rowley he won a prac-
tice match. He will have to wait
for the real Test match. You cannot
win a practice match and feel you
ready. He has a lot more practising
to do," he said.
Moonilal, a UNC deputy leader,
said the prime minister was well
known for her commitment to
democratic values in calling elec-
tions and: "I am sure that when
elections are due they will be
Warner challenges PNM:
make way for
PM has full support
of her MPs---Moonilal
Housing Minister Dr Roodal Moonilal left, congratulates the chairman of the Penal /Debe Regional
Corporation Premchand Sookoo after the swearing in ceremony on Wednesday. Minister of Local
Government Marlene Coudray, left, and Minister in the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure Stacy
Roopnarine, were also at the event. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
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