Saturday, December 16, 2017

Ambassador to serve as UNC campaign manager

AMBASSADOR Rodney Charles will be leaving his post as Trinidad and Tobago’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in order to take up the post of the United National Congress’ (UNC) campaign manager for next year’s general election.

This was one of the decisions made yesterday as delegates attended a special congress of the UNC at the party’s headquarters at Rienzi Complex, Couva.

“Let us work together for the next few months and win again so together we can build a first world country where all of us would enjoy the benefits of a booming economy,” Persad-Bissessar said at the congress, a release from the UNC stated yesterday.

“Persad-Bissessar assured delegates that once the party adopts its new constitution it would set a date for internal elections at which the membership of the party would choose all members of the national executive, including the political leader,” the release stated.

The party’s Youth Arm and the Women’s Arm have both pledged support for Persad-Bissessar “in any internal election called by the national executive”.

Persad-Bissessar lauded the People’s Partnership coalition government.

“That experiment in participatory democracy was unique in this country and the and the preferred way to go because we realised that single party hegemony was not the way to serve the people. We wanted our government to be true government of the people and that is what it has been,” she said.

Persad-Bissessar warned that the country runs the risk of going back to the pre-2010 days if the People’s National Movement (PNM) is allowed to get back into government.

“Your children won’t get computers. Rowley says they are duncy heads. They will stop the university campus in Debe and the hospitals in Couva and Penal. They will stop building police stations and bring back a blimp to spy on you and listen to your phone calls. All the rural development will stop,” she said.

She called on the UNC members to put on their “war boots for the battles ahead”.

“All I ask is that you believe....and that you join me in the service of Trinidad and Tobago. Because when we stand together, when we stand together, we can march as one.....and when we march as one, there is no force on earth that can stop us,” she said.