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Manning replies to ‘shots’ aimed at him
The Opposition PNM is very strong in its position in relation to the Government, PNM PRO Faris Al Rawi has said, replying to former leader Patrick Manning’s concerns on the PNM’s modus operandi. Al Rawi commented yesterday on a statement issued by Manning last Friday in which Manning called on the PNM to be as “speedy, enthusiastic and determined” in holding the Government to account in the same way PNM members responded to a report about his appearance in a recent party caucus. Manning had replied to “shots” fired at him by PNM colleagues following his appearance at PNM’s parliamentary caucus last Monday.
Concerns he raised at the caucus about the perceived “closeness” of PNM members, including MP Donna Cox to Government members, subsequently on Wednesday received a sharp retort and dismissal from Cox and Al Rawi who supported her. Manning said last Friday: “I am very impressed by the speed, enthusiasm and determination with which members of the Opposition handled the newspaper report on the deliberations of last Monday’s PNM Parliamentary caucus.
“I would like to see similar qualities being brought to bear in holding the Government to account. It will do the PNM the world of good. Let it not be said that such an approach is utilised only in treating with the member for San Fernando East.” Yesterday at a Diplomatic Centre function in honour of Colin Powell, former US Secretary of State, Al Rawi said:
“I would understand Mr Manning is anxious to prosecute any position he holds dear to his heart, and I think this is something we should all understand and support.” Al Rawi also was asked about the constituency meetings which Manning’s San Fernando East seat began holding last night with guest speakers. Al Rawi said PNM had no problems with Manning holding the meetings. He added: “We support and compliment interaction with constituencies. Mr Manning is a veteran politician and he continues to do an excellent job. Manning had attended last Monday’s PNM caucus to speak about a motion in his name which will be debated in the Lower House on Friday. This calls for MPs, who have Privileges Committee issues, to have full legal representation. Manning would pilot the motion which would be seconded by the party, the PNM has confirmed.
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