PNM’s Laventille West MP Fitzgerald Hinds has been appointed PNM deputy leader (legislative) replacing PNM MP and former minister Marlene McDonald.
The announcement was made at the end of yesterday’s PNM convention. Other PNM deputies are Joan Yuille Williams, Rohan Sinanan and PNM Tobago Leader Kelvin Charles. Hinds is minister in the Attorney General’s Ministry.
The police are the first responders to domestic violence cases and they must take the matters seriously, Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi made clear yesterday.
But everyone must also become their relatives’ keeper in T&T and if a family member is suffering domestic violence, “...You can’t say ‘that’s not my business’,”|Al-Rawi added.
Speaking at yesterday’s post-Cabinet media briefing, the AG advocated action and speaking out in order to help deal with the domestic violence problem.
Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar is questioning the decision by Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi to omit the parts of the marriage legislation that needed a special majority, to ensure that it was passed in the Senate last night.
Persad-Bissessar says the AG appears to be legislating "by tactics" and is calling on him to state whether he had Cabinet's permission to do so.
The following is a statement issued by Persad-Bissessar today: