PM tells Opposition Leader she has no duty to defend "President under siege"

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 14:15

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley on Wednesday told Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar that it is not her duty to be the defender of President Anthony Carmona, whom he described as "under siege".

Dr Rowley was speaking during the Budget debate in the House of Representatives.


He told the House he was astounded when, as he said, the Opposition Leader accused the Government of harassing the President.

"I was quite astounded that the Leader of the Opposition could ignore the Budget and come into the Parliament and seek to be a defender of a President who is under siege," Dr Rowley said.

He added: "And if there are questions for the president to answer it is not for the Opposition Leader to come in Parliament and attack the government over it," he said.

Dr Rowley sought guidance from House Speaker Bridget Annisette-George on how far he could have gone in responding to the Opposition Leader, given that under the law, the conduct of the President could not be questioned by Parliament.

He was warned to be careful of how much he said and he replied that he could speak about the President, "on the pavement outside".