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Friday 15 February 2019
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Vasant eyes UNC leadership

THE race for leadership of the United National Congress (UNC) yesterday turned into a three-way battle following a decision by former Trade and Industry Minister Vasant Bharath, to throw his hat into the ring and contest the post of political leader. The other two contenders are incumbent leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar and Oropouche East MP Dr Roodal Moonilal.

Bharath, who unsuccessfully contested the St Joseph seat in the September 7 General Election, told Sunday Newsday his decision was made earlier yesterday after extensive discussions with family members and persons both within and outside of the party. “I was considering it for about three weeks,” Bharath said, adding, “I have spoken to a number of people, taken advice from many both inside and outside the party.

They of course are concerned as well with regard to how the party goes forward.” “I have spoken with my family, I have spoken with close friends and I have been encouraged by all of them, that we must do something about rebuilding both the image of the party and the trust between the party and its supporters and also those who are not currently supporters,” Bharath added. “So taking all of these into account, I decided to contest the position of political leader of the party,” he added.

Asked about comments on social media which were critical of his decision to contest the leadership position as he was not an elected Member of Parliament, Bharath reiterated that his focus is on rebuilding


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