Mahabir replaces Ramdeen as UNC senator

The United National Congress has appointed attorney-at-law Ashvani Mahabir as its new Opposition Senator following the resignation of Gerald Ramdeen.

In a statement the UNC says Mahabir, who is also a communications consultant, has been appointed to its team of senators.

It goes on to say that Mahabir, has a long-standing relationship with the unc having served as youth arm chairman and working in various capacities in research as well as political and strategic communication over the years.

Kamla: UNC ensured citizens were protected

p­po­si­tion Leader Kam­la Per­sad-Bisses­sar says the UNC on­ly agreed to sup­port the Civ­il As­set Re­cov­ery and Man­age­ment and Un­ex­plained Wealth Bill, 2019, af­ter it en­sured the fun­da­men­tal rights of cit­i­zens were not erod­ed and that the prop­er­ty of in­no­cent cit­i­zens would not be in jeop­ardy.

The bill was passed unan­i­mous­ly Mon­day night af­ter the Gov­ern­ment and Op­po­si­tion agreed to sev­er­al changes to the ini­tial bill pro­posed by At­tor­ney Gen­er­al Faris Al-Rawi dur­ing an al­most 12-hour­long ses­sion.

UNC calls on citizens to condemn Wealth Bill

The Unit­ed Na­tion­al Con­gress (UNC) is again call­ing on cit­i­zens to join to­geth­er to con­demn two pieces of leg­is­la­tion be­ing put for­ward by Gov­ern­ment.

Speak­ing at a press con­fer­ence at the Op­po­si­tion Leader's Of­fice in Port-of-Spain yes­ter­day, Op­po­si­tion Sen­a­tors Wade Mark and Ani­ta Haynes re­newed the par­ty's crit­i­cism of the Non-Prof­it Or­gan­i­sa­tions Bill and the Civ­il As­set Re­cov­ery and Man­age­ment and Un­ex­plained Wealth Bill.

MTS board exec fired after UNC appearance

Gov­ern­ment has fired Na­tion­al Main­te­nance Se­cu­ri­ty Com­pa­ny (MTS) board mem­ber Ian Forde just hours af­ter he ap­peared on a Unit­ed Na­tion­al Con­gress (UNC) Mon­day Night Fo­rum plat­form.

In a let­ter dat­ed March 18, Fi­nance Min­is­ter Colm Im­bert dis­missed Forde cit­ing a "re­con­sti­tu­tion of the board of di­rec­tors."

How­ev­er, in a brief in­ter­view Tues­day, Forde said he was sur­prised by the news of his dis­missal.

"There is no doubt in my mind that my dis­missal had to do with my ap­pear­ance on the plat­form," he said.

UNC PRO: Ground Max 8s over T&T

Public Relations Officer of the United National Congress, Senator Anita Haynes says the government must move to stop the use of Boeing Max 8s in T&T's airspace. 

“Instead of taking time to blast a newspaper reporter for an article on concerns regarding Boeing 737 Max 8, the Finance Minister, who is the line Minister for Caribbean Airlines, should take immediate action to suspend the intended lease of 12 of these aircraft,” Haynes said in a statement. 

UNC queries CJ link to PM during election petition case

A Unit­ed Na­tion­al Con­gress (UNC) mem­ber has res­ur­rect­ed the three-year-old elec­tion pe­ti­tion and is now seek­ing to sue Chief Jus­tice Ivor Archie for his role in the de­ter­mi­na­tion which cost him the seat back in 2015.

In a pre-ac­tion pro­to­col let­ter yes­ter­day, UNC sen­a­tor and at­tor­ney Ger­ald Ramdeen rep­re­sent­ed Dr She­vanand Gopeesingh, who was the UNC can­di­date for San Fer­nan­do West and went up against At­tor­ney Gen­er­al Faris Al-Rawi.

UNC gets 104 election nominations

The Op­po­si­tion UNC im­me­di­ate­ly re­ceived 104 nom­i­na­tions for Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment and gen­er­al elec­tion ar­eas when the par­ty opened nom­i­na­tions on Mon­day.

UNC PRO Ani­ta Haynes con­firmed this fol­low­ing first-day ac­tiv­i­ties on Mon­day.  The par­ty opened nom­i­na­tions for all Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment cor­po­ra­tion seats and for gen­er­al elec­tion seats which the UNC doesn’t hold and which are cur­rent­ly held by the PNM.

Haynes said 84 peo­ple col­lect­ed forms for Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment seats and 20 for gen­er­al elec­tion seat.

UNC heartened by election nomination turnout

The United National Congress (UNC) says it is heartened by the enthusiastic response to its call to action as it opened nominations for all Local Government seats and for General Elections seats which it does not currently hold. 

"We thank the hundreds of people who came out on the first day to pick up nomination papers. On day one of nominations we have had 84 persons picking up nomination forms for Local Government Elections and 20 persons for General Elections," the UNC said in a statement.