Political Leader of the United National Congress and Leader of the Opposition, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, SC, MP, has issued pre-action protocol letters to Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi, signaling her intention to challenge in the courts, the failure of the Rowley Cabinet to declare two local government seats - Barataria and Belmont East, vacant and to advise the president to call the elections to elect new councillors.
The Opposition intends to file a Motion of Privileges against Attorney General Faris Al Rawi, following his statement in the Parliament in which he declared that his ministry has launched an audit to determine if the UNC contracted Cambridge Analytica.
The Opposition has maintained that it never contracted the firm
Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar issued the following statement on Wednesday evening:
UNC Member of Parliament for Tabaquite, Dr Suruj Rambachan says he is viewing with deep concern, the plight of over 4,000 persons now awaiting cataract surgery.
"It is inexcusable the failure of the Minister of Health to address the situation in a timely and compassionate manner," Dr Rambachan said in a statement on Wednesday.
Mickela Panday, the daughter of former prime minister Basdeo Panday, says she is still willing to meet with the UNC political leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar in the interest of the party.
Let’s debate the Anti-Gang bill today.
This was essentially Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar’s response yesterday to Prime Minister Keith Rowley’s acceptance of the Opposition’s proposed two and a half year sunset clause for the bill.
Debate on the bill failed last December due to lack of Opposition support without a sunset clause. But Government and Opposition have been talking recently on the crucial legislation which seeks to increase police powers to deal with gang-related offenders.