Trinidad and Tobago
Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar has announced a three-member team as part of her administrationís promises to grant internal self government to Tobago.
Addressing supporters of the five-party coalition Peopleís Partnership here over the weekend, Persad Bissessar said that the team will include university lecturer and political analyst Dr. Hamid Ghany and attorneys Chrislyn Moore and Martin George.
She said that the team would collate data in relation to the views of Tobagonians about the Green Paper on constitutional reform. ďWe have also agreed that we set up a neutral team to hold public meetings to receive your comments to determine what is best for you, she said, adding the team will be ďa neutral team to hear your views to arrive at the widest possible consultation for the people of Tobago on this urgent and important matter.
She said copies of the Green Paper were currently available at Government offices, banks, post offices and other public facilities and that over 10, 000 copies had been printed and circulated throughout Trinidad and Tobago. She told the second anniversary celebrations of the government that her administration had no intention of breaking the laws of Trinidad and Tobago and dismissed two bills recently tabled in the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) on the issue.
She said Attorney General Anand Ramlogan had advised that the bills, which the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) said represented the views of Tobagians at public consultations, were unconstitutional and that only the Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago can change laws relating to the Constitution.