Monday 19 August, 2019

Kamla tells Rowley to call elections now after swearing-in cancelled

Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar is calling on Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley to call elections now, following the move to appoint Senator Garvin Simonette as Minister of Public Administration, and within hours cancelling the appointment.

In a statement on Monday, Persad-Bissessar said the latest ‘fiasco’ shows that the Prime Minister has lost the ‘weak grip’ he had on his Government.

“The country is still reeling from the shocking news that former Minister of Public Administration Marlene McDonald was charged with money laundering, conspiracy to defraud the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, and misbehaviour in public office. 

Dr Rowley announced her replacement but just a few hours later, was compelled to cancel the intended appointment after allegations of a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) charge in Brevard County, Oklahoma, USA, surfaced. This debacle has thrown Keith Rowley’s poor leadership and, by extension, his judgement into the spotlight once again,” she said.

The Opposition Leader added that the Government is in chaos and has collapsed. 

“The Prime Minister seems to be governing by news release.  He has gone into hiding, abandoning his responsibilities and leaving his subordinates to deal with the fallout. 

Our nation is now facing a crisis of leadership. There is no alternative for Keith Rowley now but to call a general election immediately.”

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