Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar is calling on the prime minister to call elections now, saying if he has so much confidence in his ministers he should test it at the polls.
She says the prime minister rewarded Minister Darryl Smith instead of firing him, given the allegations surrounding him.
Persad-Bissesar issued the following statement today:
"Prime Minister Keith Rowley should pick up his pack of jokers and go.
Even as Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley waits on a report on the circumstances that led to T&T’s representative at the Organisation of American States (OAS), Ambassador Anthony Phillip-Spencer to vote against Dominica’s bid to waive its OAS contributions for 2018 and 2019, a copy of a memorandum, obtained by the T&T Guardian, surfaced yesterday stating that T&T’s Mission in Washington had suggested to the Ministry of Foreign and Caricom Affairs in T&T, that this country should support Dominica’s bid.
Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar is issuing a clarion call to Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley to man up to his responsibilities as prime minister and stop the blame game.
She says playing politics will not bring any comfort and security to terrified citizens.
"It is sickening that the prime minister would use the heinous and gruesome murders of innocent 15-year-old schoolboy Joshua Andrews and taxi driver Devon Hernandez to try to score cheap political points," Persad-Bissessar said.
Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar has paid tribute to former president George Maxwell Richards who passed on Monday night.
Persad-Bissessar called him a statesman and true son of the soil.
The following is a statement by the Opposition Leader;
"I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of this country’s fourth President, Professor George Maxwell Richards, TC, CM.
I remember him as honourable, patriotic and noble, and he served Trinidad and Tobago with distinction in his role as Head of State.
Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar is being recognized for her leadership qualities and work in the public sphere.
In a statement issued by the party this morning, the UNC stated that Persad-Bissessar will be presented with the 2017 ‘women of distinction’ award.
The award is being presented by "celebrating women international", which is a nonprofit organization aiming to mobilize and inspire women across the globe.