|UN Ambassador Rodney Charles|
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar made the announcement Saturday at a special Congress of her party at the UNC's Reinzi Headquarters. Speaking in her capacity as leader of the party she thanked Charles for giving up all the perks of his position to come home for the "battles" ahead.
She called on the hundreds of delegates to work with Charles for victory in 2015. "I ask you to work closely with him and his team. Every member of that team is a loyal fighter for our cause and each has the competence to develop winning programmes. But they need your help," she said.
In a brief address Charles called on party members to be prepared to defend the UNC and let the PNM know that Trinidad and Tobago is not "PNM country."
He said today the PNM is over confident that their time has come and their supporters are behaving as if victory is a certainty. But he said so long as UNC activists and members work together the PNM will get "the biggest surprise" in 2015.
Persad-Bissessar stayed on the same theme in her features address. “Let us work together for the next few months and win again so together we can build a first world country where all of us would enjoy the benefits of a booming economy,” she said.
She said Trinidad and Tobago has room for everyone. There is no UNC country, no COP country, no PNM country - just one country where everyone is equal.
The Congress passed four resolutions supporting the leadership of Persad-Bissessar.
The party’s Youth Arm extended its full support for the political leader for her “stellar contribution to the development of youth” and pledged its commitment to continue to work with the UNC’s National Executive (NATEX) to further the involvement of youth in the political decision making process of Trinidad and Tobago.
The women unanimously resolved to express its “fullest support to the Honourable Kamla Persad-Bissessar as both Prime Minister and Political Leader of the UNC to continue to lead the country and our beloved party, as she has paved the way for women nationally and internationally.”
The resolution also pledged support the political leader in any internal election called by the national executive.