The following is the Leader of the Opposition, Kamla Persad-Bissessar's Independence Day address.
"Today, on the 54th anniversary of our independence from Great Britain I want to wish everyone the very best for Independence Day.
Today is a day when we celebrate the triumph of our ancestors and offer thanks so that our nation would continue to enjoy the democracy and freedoms that our leaders have preserved.
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has invited Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar and an Opposition delegation to meet with him and his delegation on Friday.
The Office of the Prime Minister says the invitation is in response to a letter from the Leader of the Opposition dated 25th August 2016.
The invitation came via a letter sent Monday by the Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, Sandra Jones to the Leader of the Opposition.
The letter was captioned "Crime Crisis"
Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar says the United National Congress has been vindicated by the ruling of the High Court on the UNC election petition.
The High Court dismissed the petition but upheld that the Elections and Boundaries Commission broke the law by extending the time of the election by one hour.
The following is the statement by the Opposition Leader:
"We are pleased that the Honourable Madame Justice Mira Dean-Armorer today upheld our submission that the Election and Boundaries Commission acted unlawfully when they extended the voting hours.
Opposition leader, Kamla Persad-Bissessar has described the death of NJAC founder and former political leader, Makandal Daaga as the loss of a "national treasure".
Daaga passed away earlier today at the Port-of-Spain General Hospital.
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The following is a statement from Persad-Bissessar on his passing.
Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar is expressing "deep concern" over the recommendations of the committee that reviewed the GATE programme.
She has called on the Government to reject the recommendations.
"It is frightening to contemplate the negative effects that cuts to GATE will have on our youth and the future development of our country and disastrous to implement such cuts before the start of the next academic year.
Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar has written to Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, inviting him to meet to discuss the Miscellaneous Provisions (Anti-Gang and Bail) Bill 2016 and the crime situation in the country.
The Government is seeking the Opposition's support in the bill that will be read in the House of Representatives on Friday.
The Government intends to seek a two-year extension of the legislation, which restricts bail for kidnapping, gun possession and gang-related offences.
Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar is demanding answers from Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley on why $2.5 billion was withdrawn from the Heritage and Stabilization Fund.
Addressing supporters at the UNC's Monday Night Forum in San Fernando, Persad-Bissesar said Dr Rowley owes the nation an explanation.
"So we see then where natural gas is now at a 5-month high, the price...we see where oil is at a 7-month high, yes the prices. So they cannot say oil is $26, we are losing so much revenue from oil, gas is below $2 and so on," she said.
Yet again, the Honourable Attorney General has demonstrated that he does not understand basic constitutional law principles when he stated erroneously that the fact that the SSA Amendment Bill was assented to by His Excellency must mean "he [the President] thought it must be good law".
Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar has posed more questions to Attorney General Faris Al Rawi, in a statement calling for transparency with regard to his former legal representation of ArcelorMittal.
The Opposition Leader issued this statement today.