Naparima MP: the UNC remains strong

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    Naparima MP Rodney Charles insists the UNC is strong.

    His words follow Friday’s Electoral College vote for the Presidency, in which three Opposition members failed to cast ballots for the UNC’s nominee, Israel Khan SC.

    At a media briefing yesterday, Mr Charles said the UNC is an open tent where, if there are different views, they contend in the marketplace of ideas.

    The MP also criticized the election of Christine Kangaloo to the position, as he accused the Prime Minister of breaking down constitutional guard rails.

    He maintains that the President-elect has a strong bias as a decades-long PNM member, leading to fears that, when it matters, she will just be an extension of the party’s political leader.

    Despite this, Mr Charles echoed UNC Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar, saying the party intends to scrutinize Ms Kangaloo’s actions to ensure there is the requisite and manifest arms length relationship between the offices of the PM and the President.

    The MP also criticized the lack of public voices on the matter, asking “where are the independent voices of conscience in TT?”