Friday, December 15, 2017

Political analyst calls for elections in December

Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar’s acceptance of Anil Roberts’ resignation will boost her support says one political analyst while another was of the view that elections should be called in December.

There were differing views on Roberts’ resignation from political analysts Winford James and Bishnu Ragoonath when contacted by the Express last night.

According to Ragoonath, Roberts resignation was expected.

“It simply shows that the Prime Minister is continuing to show she is not afraid to make changes to her Cabinet even as we get late into the term when her Ministers run afoul of unacceptable practices and policies,” said Ragoonath.

He noted that in the past when the Prime Minister took action and fired former Minister of the People and Social Development Dr Glenn Ramadharsingh and when she accepted the resignation of former Tourism Minister Chandresh Sharma, her popularity as shown in the polls increased.

“I could only expect that this time around there might be a similar outcome, it may not be as big as her supporters may want but there may be some degree of support for her as some of her supporters would say she is listening to the people and doing what is needed,” said Ragoonath.

James also told the Express that Roberts’ resignation was expected but he believes Roberts did so under pressure.

“The country had to struggle to get this resignation, this resignation is dishonourable in every respect,” he said. He claimed there was rampant squandermania under Roberts’ nose and eyes as the line Minister and he “preferred to hide behind the transgressions of technocrats in this Ministry”.

James noted that in tabling the audit into LifeSport in the Parliament, the Prime Minister had nothing to say about the role of the Minister in the scandal.

“Almost everybody called for his resignation including his political leader and he didn’t seem to know what his Ministerial duties were, what was the point of the Prime Minister keeping him and waiting for him to resign?” said James.

He said public agitation won out in this issue.

“My own view is that this Government, just as Anil run out of utility, this Government with LifeSport has also run out of utility and should seek a fresh mandate with the population and December might be a good time,” said James.