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Warner slams 'pretenders'

By Joel Julien joel.julien@trinidadexpress.com

WORKS and Infrastructure Minister Jack Warner has slammed the "pretenders" vying to replace him as the chairman of the United National Congress (UNC) in the party's internal elections on Saturday.

"Many can boast, as they often do, they boast of what they can do, they boast of what they propose to do, I boast of what I have done," Warner said as he launched his campaign to retain the UNC's chairmanship at Pierre Road Recreation Ground in Charlieville on Saturday.

"Proposing and promising with no track record is just nothing more that sounding brass and tinkling cymbals," he said.

Warner is being challenged by attorney Ashvani Mahabir and Mooniram Heru for the chairmanship of the UNC.

Of all the nominees vying for the UNC chairmanship only one had successfully steered the party into government, Warner said referring to himself.

"I ask you where were those pretenders, I did not call nobody name, I ask you where were those pretenders during the last general election when the party was seeking to return to government," Warner said.

Warner said since assuming the role of UNC chairman two years ago he had successfully led the party to victory in two elections.

Warner said with the tag team of Kamla Persad-Bissessar as political leader and himself as chairman the UNC can defeat "all political enemies".

"Together Kamla and I can defeat any political enemy in this country," Warner said to loud applause. I will be with the party until the end," Warner said.

Arts and Multiculturalism Minister Winston Peters and Chaguanas Mayor Orlando Nagessar were present at the Warner's meeting on Saturday.

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