Dr Anirudh Mahabir has been elected in the substantive position of political leader of the Congress of the People.
Mahabir, who has been the acting leader since the resignation of St Augustine Member of Parliament Prakash Ramadhar in April, was nominated and elected unopposed for the position of political leader at a special National Assembly meeting held at the COP's Charlieville office.
The party's general secretary, Clyde Weatherhead, said the process of electing Mahabir took place on Saturday without any major hiccups.
He said: "The election process was extremely efficient as there was just one position to be filled, that of the political leader." Weatherhead said Mahabir will be in the post until June 2017–the end of the current term of office.
In June 2017, the position of political leader will again be up for consideration for a new term of office to run from 2017 to 2020.
Commenting on his role as leader Weatherhead said Mahabir was looking forward to the challenges that lay ahead.He said: "Dr Mahabir is looking forward to rebuilding the party during this period of his tenure as political leader until June."
Weatherhead noted that Mahabir would be in office during the time that the COP celebrated ten years as a political party.He said: "In September, COP will turn ten years old and Dr Mahabir wil be there as leader for this special occasion in the party's history."