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PORT OF SPAIN – Prime Minister Kamla

Persad-Bissessar has said there will be no

negotiations with the Independent Liberal

Party (ILP) to gain control of the Chaguanas

Borough Corporation.

“I am of the firm view there should never

be negotiations with criminals, and so I will not

negotiate with any party which supports criminals,”

Persad-Bissessar stated, via text, to the Express in

response to the question if the People’s Partnership

would negotiate with the ILP with respect to the

Chaguanas Borough Corporation.

The results of the local government elections for

the Chaguanas Borough Corporation on Monday

ended in a stalemate, with the United National

Congress winning three electoral districts, the

People’s National Movement securing three and the

ILP taking two.

During the election campaign, Government

ministers such as Dr Roodal Moonilal and Attorney

General Anand Ramlogan had urged citizens

against voting for the ILP and alleged the party

had a number of criminals who were running as


Meanwhile, the two ILP councillors who

were victorious in their electoral districts in the

Chaguanas Borough Corporation (Faaiq Mohammed

in Charlieville and Simeon Mahabir in Munroe Road/

Caroni Savannah Road) yesterday both declared

they would not be wooed to cross the floor.

ILP interim leader Jack Warner, who is also

Chaguanas West MP, told the Express there were

efforts to persuade both councillors to jump the ILP


Via teleconferencing, the Express spoke to the

councillors together with ILP interim leader Jack

Warner yesterday. They both pledged to remain

with the ILP and follow party directives.

Mohammed said: “At the end of the day, the

people are the ones who voted for us, and we are

committed to provide a service to them. Whatever

representation they have been lacking, we as young

people have to fill that.

“We have to go out there and work for them

and work together for them. We will provide the

people with what they need. They are the ones who

put us here.”

Mahabir shared the same sentiment, saying: “We

are elected to represent our districts and meet the

need of the people. We will work to get it done . . .

. The ILP has a leader, and we will go by the party’s

directive.” (Trinidad Express)

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