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Enill: Kamla not a problem

PEOPLE’S National Movement (PNM) chairman, Energy Minister Conrad Enill, said the ruling party does not feel threatened in any way by the appointment of Kamla Persad-Bissessar as Opposition Leader. Enill made this statement at the weekly post-Cabinet news conference at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann’s, at about 1.30 pm, two hours before President George Maxwell Richards handed Persad-Bissessar her instrument of appointment as Opposition Leader at President’s House.

Asked whether the PNM felt threatened by the Persad-Bissessar-led United National Congress (UNC) compared to when UNC Couva North MP Basdeo Panday was Opposition Leader, Enill said: “I am clear that is a question that only the political leader of the PNM (Prime Minister Patrick Manning) could answer. I will defer to him on this particular matter. We are also in the field, we are also doing our own work.” Prior to Persad-Bissessar being elected UNC political leader on January 24, Enill said the PNM had been undertaking a series of walkabouts and cottage meetings to hear the concerns of the public and address them. “Basically what we have been hearing is that we need to spend a little more time dealing with some of the infrastructure needs that we will be doing that,” he said yesterday.

Enill also said the PNM takes note of various polls about its performance relative to its political opponents and “we adjust our own behaviour if it is required,” referring to a recent survey that rated Persad-Bissessar highly compared to the Prime Minister.


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