Kamla Persad-Bissessar

Opposition Leader extends condolences on passing of Derek Walcott

Opposition Leader, Kamla Persad-Bissessar has extended condolences to the family of poet Derek Walcott who passed away at his St Lucia home this morning.

Persad-Bissessar issues the following statement on his passing.

"It was with deep sorrow that I learned of the passing of world renowned poet and Nobel Laureate Sir Derek Walcott.

Born in St Lucia, Sir Derek spent a considerable part of his life in Trinidad and Tobago, after moving to this country in 1953.

Persad-Bissessar: Strong leadership needed to address issues facing women

Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar says strong leadership is needed to address the issues concerning women.

She made the remark in recognition of International Women's Day.

The following is Persad-Bissessar's statement.

"Today as I join the world and our national community in the observance of International Women's Day, I ask all of us to work individually and collectively to effect change so that women will occupy their rightful places as equals in our world.

AG: Opposition Leader "ridiculous" to offer political & legal opinion on unpublished proposed legislation

Attorney General Faris Al Rawi says it is "wildly irresponsible and ridiculous" of Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar, to offer a legal view with respect to proposed legislation, which he says has not even been published.

The AG issued a statement today in response to criticism by Persad-Bissessar on the issue of a three-fifths majority in Parliament.

He says at no time did she quote what he actually said.

The following is the AG's response.

Persad-Bissessar: Any attempts to remove three-fifths requirements will be met with strongest condemnation by Opposition

Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar says any attempts by the Attorney General Faris Al Rawi and the Government to remove the requirement for a three-fifths majority of Parliament will be met by the strongest Opposition condemnation.

Persad-Bissessar issued a statement in response to comments made by the AG on Tuesday.

The following is Persad-Bissessar's statement:

Persad-Bissessar challenges AG's "tactics" to allow marriage bill to pass with simple majority

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:

Kamla ejected from Parliament after Speaker denies approval to debate motion on missing women, murders

Speaker of the House of Representatives, has ejected Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar from the House after Persad-Bissessar challenged the Speaker's refusal to grant approval to debate a motion on missing people and murders.


The entire Opposition bench then walked out.

Persad-Bissessar had sought to debate the issue as a matter of urgent public importance.

Persad-Bissessar tells PM: Let's resolve Sangre Grande deadlock through mutual agreement

Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar has written to Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley calling for a non-legal resolution to the Sangre Grande deadlock.

The Opposition Leader said the Opposition does not want a legal battle on the matter and believes it can be resolved through a mutual agreement.

The following is the Opposition Leader's statement.

“A fundamental pillar of our constitutional democracy is that through the electoral process the people have the right to choose who governs them.