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Monday 3 August, 2020

UNC accuses PM of 'turning his back' on stranded nationals

File photo: Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissesar

File photo: Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissesar

The United National Congress (UNC) has accused Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley of demonstrating a lack of care or compassion for the thousands of citizens stranded abroad in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

At a media conference on Monday, the Prime Minister said approximately 10, 000 nationals have applied for exemptions to return to the country.

He said as of July 11, the Ministry of National Security has granted approximately 4,515 exemptions since the border closed on March 23.

Dr Rowley said Government's policy must not be based on emotions.

In a statement following the media conference, the UNC said it emphasises with stranded families and citizens, and urged them to remain strong.

The party further criticised the Prime Minister's statements.

"The Prime Minister’s heartless and callous leadership, which he has consistently offered to the citizens of our nation over the last five years, was once again on display at Monday’s press conference, in which he berated and embarrassed stranded citizens abroad. It is disgraceful that a man who has served as Prime Minister in the last five years and who is seeking another mandate would turn his back on desperate citizens in their hour of need."

The UNC said citizens must question whether "the Rowley regime (is) really focused on stopping the spread of COVID-19, or is this an attempt to curtail democracy by preventing these citizens from being able to exercise their democratic rights in the upcoming election?"

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