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Ramadhar: Partnership the best hope for T&T

Monday, May 28, 2012

Political leader of the Congress of the People (COP) Prakash Ramadhar has expressed hope that there will be consultation before any decisions are made in Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar’s proposed Cabinet reshuffle. Ramadhar said this while speaking to the media during the COP’s interfaith service yesterday to mark the second anniversary of the People’s Partnership coalition Government.


The service took place at Gaston Court, Lange Park, Chaguanas. During the People’s Partnership’s second anniversary rally at Mid Centre Mall, Chaguanas, on Thursday, Persad-Bissessar announced her intention to restructure her Cabinet, as well as some state enterprises.


Ramadhar repeated comments regarding the proposed reshuffle, saying it was important to assess things as they proceeded. “The second anniversary of any government is a very important one,” he said. “Going into a third year, there are issues that need to be attended to and whether there is a better allocation of portfolios, so be it.


“We hope that the Prime Minister, after consultation—I would imagine that there would be consultation before any decisions are made—will do what is best for T&T.” Responding to questions from reporters, Ramadhar said he did not consider the partnership unstable. “I don’t want to consider this instability; it is more of a settling of how we go forward,” he said.


Ramadhar said he expected to go forward with the idea that the partnership was here to stay. He said he expected the Government’s retreat in Tobago this week to yield positive results where they could openly discuss issues, not just at the level of the leaders of the partnership, but with all cabinet members.


Regarding the position taken by the Movement for Social Justice (MSJ) to remove its support from all state-owned organisations because of concerns about governance in the state sector, Ramadhar said he was always concerned by any discomfort among the partners.


“I do know that David (Abdulah) is committed to T&T, we all are and therefore whatever difficulties we have, we have to find a way to bring a successful solution to it,” he said. “I have made the point and I shall repeat it, the People’s Partnership is the best hope for T&T and we need to maintain it, to repair it if there are issues to deal with and to ensure its long-term survival,” he said.


Ramadhar said the People’s Partnership expected to have another term in government and many more after, but said the only way to accomplish this was to always deliver on promises made in 2010. “We must remember that people voted not just for one party, but the combination of all,” he added. Ramadhar could not say whether the MSJ issue would be discussed during the retreat, but said he felt it was important to do so.  (See Page A5)


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