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Hot 2014 for UNC, COP, PNM, ‘Pranjack’
As the last of Government’s “annus horribilis” drains away down an oil slicked route and a blood drenched crime rate, more than a few PP members will likely be happy to see the back of 2013. Upcoming 2014 however presents new challenges, harder in some respects than before, which will shape the landscape towards 2015 general polls.
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar whose continuing political currency has helped her survive intense challenges is however weighed down by almost four years of issues including alleged corruption, governance difficulties and four political beatings plus the fall out of the split with onetime “right hand man” Jack Warner—all of which stamped PP with a 2013 “fail” grade.
Apart from how PP recoups from all this, Persad-Bissessar’s post and UNC’s executive will be open for contest in early 2014, in an expected general election “test run”—and all that may bring.
Executive changes may begin shaping PP’s face for the 2015 electorate though Persad-Bissessar’s biggest leadership challenge may lie—not just in who may contest her post—but whether she has the political gumption, resources and support for hard decisions concerning the necessary morphing process. Her Christmas message calling for harmony might have telegraphed PP’s need to consolidate—its 2014 challenge particularly with party polls ahead.
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