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The Independent LLiberal Party (ILP)
and National Alliance for Reconstruction
(NAR) are working out a "grand alliance"
of those opposed to "what stands for
goverment today" and opposed to the
PNM, says ILP leader Jack Warner.
Warner said so after addressing yes-
terday s first ILP convention, where he
announced ILP and NAR s move towards
The NAR is the only party "where not
a single member has been accused of cor-
ruption in the past 25 years", he said.
ILP s Lyndira Oudit will meet a NAR
team headed by Khalid Rahaman next
week to work out the alliance, he said,
adding that ILP shadow MPs and coun-
cillors are being appointed island-wide.
According to Warner, it was the NAR
that approached ILP for the alliance. He
said while he supported NAR s unity call,
this was in the context of a "grand alliance"
of a different kind.
"In this, before we come together we ll
spell out specific rules of engagement and
sign an agreement on issues," Warner said.
He added, "We ll form a grand alliance
with any group opposed to what stands
for government today and to the
PNM...who wants to join with us will join."
"No party can form government by
itself, whether PP, UNC or PNM. Others
are dead. This is the age of coalition gov-
ernment, based on terms worked out
He said except for the NAR, other par-
ties ruled corruptly.
Asked about the PP in the grand alliance,
Warner said it was open to them, once
they conformed to the alliance s rules of
government, but ILP wouldn t subscribe
Saying the ILP had shown its relevance
in recent elections, he said what is relevant
now is where ILP goes from here and
what it does to attract a voting majori-
ty.Warner said the ILP s move to place
its constituency offices in mainly marginal
seats was no accident.
He said the political landscape had
shown there is space for a third party and
especially for ILP.
He added, "PNM failed us, PP fooled
us. We can t prolong the bad dream of the
we re to progress."
"Not one of them can single-handedly
encourage votes enough to put them in
power on their own. Their support has
dwindled but they have the money to cor-
rupt the electorate and it is on this both
A couple hundred people attended the
event at the Centre of Excellence. Feature
speaker was E Paul Green, chairman of
the Antigua/Barbuda Labour Party, who
said ABLP will mentor ILP.
Warner called for a minute s silence for
murdered children in T&T, saying others
had rushed to console families of the
latest victims only for media and "optics"
The National Alliance for Reconstruc-
tion (NAR) hopes to be a unity bridge
between the ILP and ruling PP, says
NAR leader Dr Carson Charles.
He spoke to the Guardian Saturday
night, shortly after it was announced he
would be addressing ILP s first convention
at Macoya yesterday.
Addressing ILP s gathering yesterday,
Charles said, "I d be misleading you all
if I said we would not be sharing a plat-
form elsewhere, as we believe in united
action. We get the PNM as punishment
every time we fail to unite."
He said the ILP and NAR would focus
on doing programmes and projects togeth-
er and not simply just "talking".
After the convention, Charles said
working on programmes for communities
was a change from the usual approach of
talking on election eve about sharing up
seats and who "can get what."
Charles said the NAR didn t share the
view the COP is dead: "The COP, the
UNC all have roles to play. I d like to see
them all work together to implement com-
He said NAR had written the UNC and
COP some time ago on having dialogue,
but there was no headway.
Charles was screened by UNC for the
St Joseph by-election in October.
He said while the NAR supported the
PP, it was not a signatory to PP s Fyzabad
The NAR had also written the ILP and
dialogue between both sides had developed
in the last two weeks, he said.
"Getting together has always been done
but staying together is always the chal-
lenge. This time we have an opportunity
to learn from the past and that s why we
started these talks early."
Charles will hold his monthly meeting
with Works Minister, Suruj Rambachan
"I m sure it ll be an interesting meeting,"
Charles estimated the NAR has about
2,000 members. He said NAR had about
500 National Council members. A meeting
of its 400 East-West Corridor activists
is to take place next weekend at La Joya.
NAR, ILP in grand alliance
Simeon Mahabir, 23,
is the ILP's new
along with ILP's new
executive at ILP's
first convention at
and ILP's former
youth arm chairman
citing issues with
ILP. The new youth
arm chairman is
ILP leader Jack
chairman in T&T, was
chosen because he
refused an alleged
$5m bribe. Warner
played a tape of
someone whom he
attempted to bribe
Mahabir. Mahabir is
heard on the tape
asking if the sum
was $2 million or $3
million, then the
voice said $5 million.
declined to say who
was the other
person recorded on
Also on the new
ILP executive are
deputy leader Nigel
attorney, former TOP
Coker, now ILP's
Tobago regional co-
Aabida Allaham who
is ILP's public
relations officer and
senator and former
Team Unity member,
ILP deputy leader
Lyndira Oudit said
provides for an
Elders' Council which
will allow people
over 65 to give
advice, as well as a
officer instead of a
officer. Oudit said ILP
didn't want to
Warner said he is
ILP leader for the
next four months
until party elections
are held. (GA)
One has to carefully examine all the
facets of the new alliance Nidco presi-
dent Carson Charles has developed,
says Works Minister Suruj Ram-
Asked to comment on Charles'
move and statements with the ILP
yesterday, Rambachan said, "I can't
fully comment until I examine the
content and context of his state-
On Charles' and Warner's state-
ments on alliances and the need for
unity, UNC deputy leader Rambachan
added, "For myself personally, you
cannot go about destroying the good
character of people and their family
and later think that's OK. As far as I'm
concerned, Ive taken certain steps and
I'm not withdrawing from that. At the
end of the day, the only thing a person
has is their good name and character."
Charles: We're a unity bridge
National Alliance for Reconstruction
leader Dr Carson Charles.
Bunny Bynoe on stage singing Loving My Cow at the Kaiso House C2K14 calypso tent auditions in the De Nu Pub (Mas Camp), Woodbrook, on Friday. PHOTO:
LOVING HIS COW
is new ILP
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