Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Tewarie supports PM, says COP needs to appreciate its role in PP

A founding member of the Congress of the People (COP) has said the party is having a serious identity crisis.

The planning minister told reporters Tuesday COP members seem to be unable to focus on its role as a member of the People’s Partnership coalition.

"In 2007, the COP was an independent political party; in 2010, it became part of a coalition," he pointed out. He added that it was important for COP to to get into power, "because it is only when you have political power you can have policies enacted." 

There have been internal rumblings in the party with some members seeking a leadership review and have accused political leader Prakash Ramadhar of making decisions without consulting the execu­tive or the wider membership.

Some members want to the part to debate a motion to remove Ramadhar.

Tewarie said COP's role in the coalition must be to implement the best aspects of policy for the benefit of the country.

“The COP had a manifesto in 2007, when it contested elections; in 2010 many elements of that manifesto were in the Partnership’s, along with other elements from the other parties," the minister noted.

"My own feeling is governance is an important issue; you cannot create a governance structure that can be shaken, because the mandate of the people is to govern the country and govern it well.”

Tewarie said he would stand by his principles and remains "absolutely committed" to the country and will continue to operate by those principles.

“As far as I am concerned, Kamla Persad-Bissessar is the duly-elected, duly-agreed leader of the People’s Partnership and she is the duly-constitutional Prime Minister of this country. I am going to support her unless something happens that makes me feel I cannot,” he said.

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Our family at home in Toronto 2008

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