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Ashworth still to decide on next move

Leader of the Tobago Organisation of the People (TOP), Ashworth Jack, said yesterday he was not ready to make any statement on any issue whatsoever until he meets with the various arms of the party.

He had stated on Monday night that he would decide on his role in the party and in politics over the next 48 hours. The Express contacted him on this issue yesterday but he said he was not prepared to say anything at that point.

The Express also asked Jack if he agreed with the statement made by Jack Warner that Tobagonians voted on the basis of "tribal instincts" and race in the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) elections. Jack said he was not prepared to make a statement "with respect to any and everything" until he has spoken to all the arms of the party.

Jack led the TOP to a humiliating 12-0 defeat in the THA election. Since then many analysts have said it is highly unlikely he would survive this political development.

His public relations officer, Joseph Frederick, however, told the Express the party was regrouping at this time.

"We have had several meetings. When those meetings are concluded a statement will be made on the way forward of the TOP," Frederick said.

On Thursday, Prime Minister Kamla Persad- Bissessar met with Jack along with Minister of Justice, Christlyn Moore, Tobago East MP and Minister in the Ministry of the People and Social Development, Vernella Alleyne-Toppin, Tobago West MP and Minister of Tobago Development, Dr Delmon Baker, and TOP candidates who contested the THA election.

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