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Robinson-Regis on South Africa trip: All is not well with PNM, UNC

Sunday, December 15, 2013

The politically unified South African trip does not mean that all is well between the People’s National Movement (PNM) and the Government.



That is the statement coming from newly installed senator and leader of Senate business, Camille Robinson-Regis after yesterday’s general council meeting. Robinson-Regis represented the PNM executive at yesterday’s post general council press briefing and said party leader Dr Keith Rowley did explain his reasons for accepting the invitation to the general council, even though he was not called upon to do so.



“He did not have to explain to the general council but we did see some reports in the media that there were some people who were concerned about the Opposition accepting the invitation. As a consequence of that, he just stated that at no time did he even consider not accepting that invitation,” she said.



“It’s politics and I see nothing wrong with the Prime Minister inviting the Leader of the Opposition. I don’t know if it will mean that all the things that the Government has done over the last three years will be wiped out because of one invitation to attend the funeral of an icon,” Robinson- Regis said. Robinson-Regis said the unified trip does not mean that the PNM will now support the UNC in “passing bad laws.”



She also said that at least three members of the general council questioned former senator Penelope Beckles’ reasons for attending a United National Congress event in Debe, last week. Robinson-Regis and general secretary Ashton Ford explained that this was the first time such a meeting was reported in a fashion that led to questions within the membership. She said the party also discussed the upcoming internal elections which is expected to take place next year.



She said the party was expected to begin its campaign walkabouts from as early as January 6, next year. “The main points that were raised with regards to the internal elections were that the chairman of the rules and regulations committee, Mrs Bridgette Anisette-George is in the process of establishing rules and regulations that would govern the internal elections,” Robinson-Regis said.



She said once those rules and regulations were in place in draft and approved by general council and leadership for amendment, then the date would be announced.


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