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Warner on Chaguanas: I’ll only deal with heads of parties
The Independent Liberal Party (ILP) is only willing to negotiate with top officials from rival political parties to strike a deal to elect a mayor for the borough of Chaguanas. So said Jack Warner, the ILP interim leader, to the media after the swearing-in ceremony for councillors and aldermen for the borough yesterday at the Chaguanas Town Hall. Warner said he had been approached by some “lower level persons” from political parties. He added: “I have said to them that I would not be talking to persons at the second level.”
He said he only wanted to talk to political leaders of parties. However, he said by Wednesday Chaguanas would have a mayor and a deputy mayor. Warner said his candidates who had won seats in the borough had been approached to jump the political ship. He said the councillors had been offered obscene sums of tens of millions of dollars to leave the ILP. The ILP aldermen—Indrawatte Maharaj and Falisha Isahak—were not sworn in on Friday. The UNC and PNM offered Gopaul Boodhan and Aben Phillips respectively as aldermen.
Warner said the documents came at 7.30 pm on Thursday and both Maharaj and Isahak could not get out of other arrangements they had. In the interim Orlando Nagessar would act as Mayor. Nagessar hoped the new team would function as a unit for the benefit of the people of Chaguanas. He said councillors should take their jobs seriously and be seen in the community. He said one of the complaints of burgesses was the absence of councillors.
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