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The Cop Conundrum
On June 29, the Congress of the People (COP) will elect a leader whose task will be to redefine the party and take it into the next general election. The result would determine if COP stays where it is within the People’s Partnership, or if it will stand alone or join one or more political groups. The flagbearer for maintaining the status quo is the current leader, Prakash Ramadhar, who has made a commitment to Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar to continue to stand with her and the Partnership.
“You can never have a greater partner or an ally in this battle you have undertaken,” he told the Prime Minister and the thousands gathered for the Partnership’s fourth anniversary victory rally in Chaguanas on May 24.
Those challenging him for the leadership do not share that enthusiasm. In fact, when he led the party to the humiliating defeat in the 2013 local government election, members of his executive, including his brother, asked for his resignation. They accused him of failing to stand up for COP within the coalition and demanded that the party leave the Government.
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