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.