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Friday, December 13, 2013
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Let’s work for people’s benefit
Declaring yesterday’s local government results a national victory, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar last night extended an olive branch to the opposition to work together in the interest of the people. Arriving to the rhythms of tassa at her Penal constituency office, Persad-Bissessar declared that the UNC had not been wiped out, but had retained its base: Penal/Debe, Princes Town, Mayaro and Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo.
“And the greatest challenge for us was in Chaguanas, so guess what? We did not lose. Seeing those results this evening, we have our base in all those areas. “We contested only eight of the corporations. One we have never won. So I concede San Juan Laventille—we never won it in the last election, but we won our UNC seats in that corporation.”
Calling on all citizens to rise, feel proud and take a bow, she said it was the first time in the country’s history that every single person who voted had won, because for the first time every single vote had won. “And so I say tonight is a national celebration of a true people’s victory. It is not a government victory, it is an opposition victory, it is not anybody’s victory, it is a people’s victory tonight,” the PM said.
“And so I express the hope that all parties in the partnership and in the opposition, let us put aside the acrimony of the campaign of the last few weeks. I call on everyone now to join hands as we take our seats at the council tables. We pledge only one interest now as we move forward—the people’s interest.” Saying the splitting of votes has always a been a great concern, she said that was why the need for proportional representation became so important.
“Local government comes the closest to not only delivering to people, but also knowing people, dealing with people and ensuring that people’s interest will always come before politics.” She said in next few days the EBC will apply the formula for proportional representation in the legislation.
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