Friday, December 15, 2017

Prakash to make choice on COP leadership

The political leader of the Congress of the People (COP), Prakash Ra­ma­dhar, will make “an important statement on the upcoming political lead­­er elections”

at 10.30 this mor­ning at a news confe­rence at Flag­ship House, corner Traga­rete Road and Broome Street, Port of Spain.

A release from the party indica­ted this yesterday. Ramadhar’s announcement comes amid reports a number of party members want Win­ston Dookeran to contest the posi­tion of political leader.

This week, the chairmen of four constituencies signed a petition, asking Dookeran to offer himself for the leadership position which comes up for election on June 29.

Some COP members and suppor­ters believe the party has lost ground under Ramadhar’s leadership. The party performed badly in last October’s local government election, losing badly in all of the five local government bodies it contested.

Many observers and party suppor­ters contended the party’s poor show­ing

was the result of its inabili­ty to maintain a separate identity from the Uni­ted National Congress (UNC), the

dormant partner in the People’s Partnership coalition. In fact, based on the results of the local government election, political pun­dits have contended the Indepen­dent Liberal Party (ILP), which secured about 60,000 votes, had replaced the COP as a third force. The COP received a mere 35,000 votes.

The party’s chairman, Carolyn See­persad-Bachan has stated she would support the return of Dookeran as political leader.

By 10.30 a.m., the country would know whether Ramadhar will contest the leadership or relinquish the position, in the face of the call for Dookeran’s return.