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What the PM said about the TTDC Leaders' Debate
Following is the full text of the Prime Minister statement to the media on the TT Debate Commission's Leaders' Debate, issued on the heels of this statement from TTDC on the matter.
On October 3rd, the Trinidad and Tobago Debates Commission invited the main political parties to take part in two local election debates. There was speculation in the Trinidad Express newspaper and elsewhere, that the Prime Minister would take part in the leaders' debate. This was incorrect. At no time did the Prime Minister give any kind of commitment to participate, as the Debates Commission are in a position to confirm.
The People’s Partnership decided that, as both the UNC and COP are taking part in the local elections in their own right, and as one of the UNC's Deputy Political Leaders, Dr Surujrattan Rambachan, was to represent his party and the People's Partnership in the first debate, it would be appropriate for Mr Prakash Ramadhar, the Leader of the Congress of the People (COP), to represent the Coalition in the second of those debates. The Prime Minister informed Catherine Kumar of the Debates Commission of this decision on the 8th October.
The Debate Commission has apparently decided that it will not allow Mr. Ramadhar to participate on behalf of the People’s Partnership. The Prime Minister regrets their decision, and believes it is wrong. She hopes that the Commission will continue to work to find a solution so that the second debate can go ahead. However, she has not changed her mind about participation.
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