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Kamla’s resignation announcement
You may have missed it, but Kamla Persad-Bissessar announced her resignation last week. Not the official one—that will come in time; but her unofficial resignation to the reality that she will be a one-term prime minister. And she has already begun succession planning.
To her credit, with her appointment of Dr Roodal Moonilal as acting Prime Minister during her short visit to Panama, Persad-Bissessar confirmed that her anointment of Moonilal, given at a heady moment at a party in San Fernando after just six months in office, was genuine. Last week’s appointment of Moonilal, although for a mere three days, was the first giant step in activating her succession plan.
One of the chief arguments used by Persad-Bissessar in her campaign to replace Basdeo Panday as leader of the United National Congress was that Panday was no longer electable, given his string of electoral defeats after 2001. In this year alone, Persad-Bissessar is facing the prospect that the party she leads will be rejected at the polls four times.
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