Oropouche East Member of Parliament, Dr Roodal Moonilal has announced that he will run for the post of political leader of the United National Congress on December 5th.
At a news conference he held at his Debe office, Dr Moonilal said he has also informed the Opposition Leader that he is resigning as Opposition Chief Whip.
He will launch his campaign on Thursday 12th November at Rienzi Complex.
Dr Moonilal, who was a part of the Club 88 movement that gave birth to the UNC, told reporters that he made his decision after consulting with founders and foot-soldiers, including Basdeo Panday but did not divulge the contents of the dicsussion.
He says many of the people he spoke to expressed dissatisfaction and anger after the General Election defeat.
"I heard lines like 'we can't take this anymore'. I heard lines like 'we fed-up losing', he said.
"I share and empathise with the pain of our supporters. I empathise with their fear and even the rage", he added.
He told reporters that "change is now necessary" and that "the rebirth must begin now".
"Like the phoenix, we will rise again bigger and better," he said.
Dr Moonilal went on to say that at all times UNC supporters must remain loyal to the party even though the membership "yearns for change to restore dignity and pride in membership".
He made a call for party members to join him but warned that it would not be an easy campaign.
"This assignment is not for the faint-hearted. It is not for the weak. It is for patriots who can endure. The abuse and demonisation has started. That's why I say it is for the brave. You will have a lot to ensure. I have endured since 1988," he said.
He said he had the opporunity to speak with Mrs Persad-Bissessar and informed her about his decision. He said she wished him the best.
He told the media that attorneys-at-law Larry Lalla and Jagdeo Singh are party of his legal team and that they will be sending letters to the UNC Election Committee to ensure free and fair elections, adding that as a party they cannot call for a court review of the conduct of the General Elections, if the UNC itself cannot conduct fair elections.
Dr Moonilal has chose the colour orange for his campaign.
Former Press Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister Francis Joseph and former CNMG CEO Ken Ali were also at the news conference.