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‘Why so much friction to elect President?’

By Rickie Ramdass rickie.ramdass@trinidadexpress.com

National Security Minister Jack Warner said yesterday that over the past 50 years, there has never been so much friction between the Government and the Opposition over the issue of electing a President.
Speaking to reporters following his handing over of a play park at La Paille Extension, La Paille, Caroni yesterday, he said:
“I have been reading all kinds of things over the past days about how to elect a president in this country. For the last 50 years nobody gave any advice. They (the PNM), elected (Sir) Ellis Clarke, they elected Solomon Hochoy, Noor Hassanali, you name it and nobody asked anything.”
He said the procedure for electing a President remained the same over the past 50 years and that it was the same procedure the PNM used in electing past presidents.
“So why is it wrong now? Nobody wanted any consensus back then, nobody had anything to say. But suddenly Mrs Persad-Bissessar, for the first time her government gets a chance to select a President and every Tom, Dick and Harry want to give advice.
But when (the PNM) use the media particularly to tell us how to run our affairs as a government, I ask, what is next? Everybody knows. For the first time in 50 years they know how a President should be elected, they know about consensus but nobody knew about it before?” he said.
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