...Abdulah: COP a weak party
Movement for Social Justice (MSJ) leader David Abdulah yesterday condemned the Congress of the People (COP) for once again failing to take a stand against the social corruption within the People's Partnership Government.
Abdulah, in a telephone interview, said the COP kept showing itself as a "weak" party when it copped out on important issues.
"The COP clearly does not have the strength to take a position that they would leave unless something is done," he said.
Abdulah said the country heard a similar threat when former COP San Fernando mayor Marlene Coudray defected to the United National Congress (UNC) in March.
"It was implicit that if the Coudray matter was not resolved it could lead to their departure," he said.
Abdulah said the continued presence of Minister of National Security Jack Warner in Cabinet was a strong enough case for COP to walk away from the Partnership.
"They keep postponing the inevitable decision to remain with the Government. The longer they take to make that decision the less legitimacy is attached to it," Abdulah said.
Abdulah said loyalty to the voters and the promise of the social contract should trump loyalty to the Government.
"It is MSJ's view that the social contract has been broken when the Government failed to abide by the Fyzabad Accord," he said.
"The People's Partnership did not implement key components of the social contract. It was broken, it is not disloyal to walk away now."
Abdulah said even with all the political attacks on his party and on him personally, no one had rebutted his stance that the social promise was broken.
"MSJ's decision has been vindicated several times over," he said.