Duke weighs run in general elections

Pub­lic Ser­vices As­so­ci­a­tion (PSA) pres­i­dent Wat­son Duke is con­sid­er­ing con­test­ing next year's gen­er­al elec­tion.

Duke said so while ad­dress­ing me­dia per­son­nel dur­ing a sym­bol­ic bon­fire at the rooftop of the as­so­ci­a­tion's head­quar­ters at Aber­crom­by Street, Port-of-Spain, on Tues­day.

With Black Stal­in's 1987 hit "Bun Dem" play­ing in the back­ground, Duke and PSA mem­bers marched around a fire in a re­cy­cled oil drum that was fed with old news­pa­pers and red and yel­low T-shirts, which rep­re­sent­ed the colours of the Peo­ple's Na­tion­al Move­ment (PNM) and Unit­ed Na­tion­al Con­gress (UNC).

Stat­ing that both po­lit­i­cal par­ties had re­peat­ed­ly failed work­ing class cit­i­zens, Duke said over the next three months the PSA would come up with a strat­e­gy to break the par­ties' mo­nop­oly in Par­lia­ment.

"The work­ing class forms the bedrock of T&T and we gave the PNM and UNC our sup­port and they bussed our throats.

We are com­ing up with a for­mu­la which would find us in Par­lia­ment," Duke said.

While he did not di­vulge more de­tails of his plan, Duke did say that it did not in­clude form­ing a new po­lit­i­cal par­ty.

Al­though Duke was high­ly crit­i­cal of the Gov­ern­ment's eco­nom­ic mea­sures, in­clud­ing the re­struc­tur­ing of State-owned oil com­pa­ny Petrotrin, Duke said the UNC was part­ly to blame be­cause of its poor strate­gies in Par­lia­ment.

"We want gov­er­nance and not back-chats in Par­lia­ment. We want in­tel­li­gent lead­er­ship," he said.

Duke, who is al­so the leader of the Pro­gres­sive De­mo­c­ra­t­ic Par­ty (PDP), has al­so been the mi­nor­i­ty leader of the To­ba­go House of As­sem­bly (THA) since he se­cured the Rox­bor­ough/De­laford seat in 2017.

Reporter: Derek Achong

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