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PNM incumbent treasurer Mari-
ano Browne says incumbent leader
Keith Rowley established the stan-
dard for political treason with state-
ments that he (Rowley) made against
the PNM in the last five years.
Browne confirmed yesterday that
he'd also expressed the sentiments
to Rowley, PNM general secretary
Ashton Forde and party chairman
Franklin Khan in letters.
He said he also posted the com-
ments on Facebook in response to
falsehoods being circulated by the
Rowley team about him on the inter-
nal election trail.
The incumbent treasurer said his
response was to set the record
Browne is defending his post as an
independent candidate in the PNM's
internal elections today.
He has been treasurer with the
Rowley-led executive, but was not
chosen by the Rowley team for their
slate. Rowley's choice for treasurer
is Port-of-Spain Mayor Raymond
Tim Kee. Leadership challenger Penny
Beckles-Robinson's team has not put
up anyone for treasurer.
Browne said he has been accused
by Rowley's team on the campaign
trail of being guilty of treason because
of remarks he made in a certain con-
text about the PNM and UNC.
He said, "On Monday May 12, I
was accused of political treason by
PNM chairman Khan for posting on
my Facebook candidate page a phrase
that the PNM was no better than
the UNC'. That phrase referred to
behaviours or statements made by
speakers on platforms which vilified
"I have been the subject of many
of these attacks on the political
Browne added, "In response, I wish
to make the point that in the last five
years the standard for political treason
has been established by no less than
Dr Keith Christopher Rowley.
"The statements or words used by
Dr Rowley became the basis for
attacks on the PNM by the UNC,
and were repeated in the UNC cam-
paign and advertisements."
Browne said he was identifying
only three statements of which chair-
man Khan should be "well aware."
Browne added, "Making statements
like these constitutes political trea-
Browne noted from Parliament's
Hansard record of October 19, 2009,
Rowley had said T&T was "going to
hell in a handbasket under the PNM."
He noted another Hansard excerpt
of the same date in which he said
Rowley stated "corruption in the
PNM was ten time worse than under
Browne also noted Rowley's state-
ments in the 2010 general election
campaign when Rowley said there
would be time enough for a "court
martial." Rowley was speaking at a
public meeting in Diego Martin.
He added, "I submit the phrase
the PNM is no better than the UNC'
for which I take full responsibility,
doesn't meet the litmus test of polit-
ical treason. Mr Khan, you'd do well
to follow the wisdom of your team
The latest North American Caribbean Teach-
ers Association (Nacta) poll predicts a clean
sweep for People s National Movement (PNM)
leader Dr Keith Rowley. This poll, which was
restricted to voting party members, found that
challenger Penelope Beckles-Robinson would
not succeed in taking over the party.
The poll on today's internal elections shows
Rowley's slate of candidates will retain all the
The poll also found that Rowley was facing
"no serious challenge" from the former senator
for the leadership post.
The findings revealed a dip in support for
Beckles-Robinson in Sangre Grande, Arima,
D'Abadie and San Fernando East. These are the
same constituencies which showed her to be
more competitive just a month ago.
Beckles-Robinson, the polls found, is trailing
behind Rowley in every constituency and in
some PNM strongholds like Laventille, Diego
Martin and Port-of-Spain.
"Her popular support has been taking a nose-
dive over challenges on the conduct of the elec-
tions, among other complaints by members of
the party," the poll found.
The poll is projecting a landslide minimum
four to one victory for Rowley over Beckles-
Robinson in Trinidad, and a wider margin in
The findings are the results of over 460 inter-
views over the last week. The responders iden-
tified themselves as card-carrying members of
the PNM, who plan to vote in today's elections.
Asked who they plan to vote for in the lead-
Nacta poll: Victory
for team Rowley
ership contest, 72 per cent selected Rowley,
while 17 per cent picked Beckles-Robinson, and
11 per cent were undecided.
When asked which slate they felt would win
the executive election, 84 per cent picked Row-
ley's slate, two per cent picked Beckles-Robin-
son's slate, and 14 per cent offered no opin-
Dr Alicia Muddeen sus-
tained serious injuries when
her SUV was hit from behind
by the driver of a vehicle head-
ing east along the Churchill-
Roosevelt Highway yesterday.
She lost control of her SUV
and collided with a pick-up
travelling west along the high-
way, in the vicinity of El Socor-
ro. The engine of Muddeen's
car, which separated from the
vehicle, slammed into a car
travelling east along the high-
way. It was reported that the
driver of the vehicle which
struck Muddeen's SUV never
She was taken to hospital
where she was treated. Police
Doctor injured in crash
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Browne: Opposition leader sets
standard for political treason
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