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COP remains strong player in PP—Prakash
The Congress of the People (COP) is blaming the split in votes created by the Jack Warner-led Independent Liberal Party for its poor showing at the local government elections. Party leader Prakash Ramadhar, in a telephone interview yesterday, said despite the loss the party remained a strong player in the coalition. Just hours after the results were in on Monday night, Warner described his young party as the third political force in the country, a title claimed by the COP before it joined the coalition People’s Partnership three years ago.
“The COP is undaunted by the results of this or any election,” Ramadhar said. He said the COP has not lost sight of its critical mandate, to be the driving force behind societal change. “That does not come overnight,” he said. Ramadhar said the People’s National Movement victory at the polls was evidence that the ILP had created a split in the electorate that benefited the Opposition. “We will assess our position, but we carry the responsibility for the actions of all our partners,” Ramadhar said.
He did not speculate on whether this meant that the COP was being tainted by associating with the politics played out on political platforms during the campaign. “COP always fights the hardest, in the most difficult seats,” he said. The COP, he said, contested in PNM strongholds and managed to make some inroads in voter numbers. This, he said, was a positive indication, despite the loss in all five regional corporations it contested.
He said the COP has never been about “next election,” but more about “next generation.” Party chairman Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan also put the responsibility for the whopping loss squarely at the feet of the split vote, saying it was the main reason behind the party’s loss at the five regional corporations.
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