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Prakash: COP, UNC to fight as a united front
Despite the ongoing wrangle between the United National Congress and the Congress of the People over which seats each will contest in next month’s local government election, COP leader Prakash Ramadhar says the coalition will contest as a united front. Speaking after a People’s Partnership meeting at Paria Suites Hotel and Conference Centre in La Romaine yesterday, Ramadhar said one of the problems facing the Government was a perception of disunity among the coalition members.
However, he said they were fully committed to a second term in local government although talks between the parties on the allocation of the regional corporations were yet to be settled. Initially the COP signalled its intention to contest seven of the local government seats including the Tunapuna Regional Corporation, but after last week’s meeting of the coalition members, they were only given four.
However, Ramadhar said the outcome would not cause any rift within the partnership. “I would hardly imagine so. Once all of the partners are committed to fairness and respect for each other, which we demand and require, I don’t really see that as being an issue at this point in time. “There has been no finality to the talks that are continuing, and we have not agreed finally to any matter. When that has been agreed, you will be the first to know.”
PP meets to strategise local elections
Meanwhile, on PP members meeting yesterday to strategise for local elections, Ramadhar said they discussed issues about the politics of the day, “where we were in 2010, where we are today and how we move forward working toward how we build a better sense of team. “We commit ourselves to the promises we made in our manifesto of 2010 to fulfill those promises and if we’ve failed in any way, we will find solutions to ameliorate the concerns of the population.
“We are committed to going into a second term of government and to ensure that we do so as a unified partnership.” He added, “The problems that we have internally, we need to address those to strengthen a sense of commitment from all our partners towards that common effort of fulfilling their dreams of the population that they gave to us in 2010.”
Ramadharsingh, who will deputise for Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar from Monday, spoke on behalf of the PP as the PM could not speak after undergoing dental treatment. Persad-Bissessar is expected to attend a United Nations conference this week.
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