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Kamla’s annus horribilis

Sunday, December 15, 2013

The year 2013 may be best described as an annus horribilis for Prime Minister Kamla Persad- Bissessar. Her party and her political allies suffered electoral defeats on four occasions. The Tobago Organisation of the People failed to win a single seat in the THA elections in January.



Jack Warner left her Cabinet and the UNC hierarchy in April and forced her to call a byelection— for which he was apparently already prepared to fight on his own, given that he produced a new symbol and party paraphernalia within days of being rejected as the UNC candidate for the Chaguanas West by-election. The UNC lost that by-election, and Warner returned to the Parliament as the political leader of the ILP.



The UNC appeared to be heading for complete disaster and this caused some inside the party to ask her to sanction the idea of postponing local government elections because they were afraid that the party would not do well. To her credit, she stared political adversity in the eye for her own party and its allies and made the honourable choice of calling the elections within the approved statutory timeframe.


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