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Leadership challenge for T&T main opposition party

Published:Sunday | February 9, 2014 | 12:09 PM

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Feb. 9, CMC - Longstanding member of the People’s National Movement (PNM) Pennelope Beckles-Robinson has announced her intention to contest the post of political leader in the upcoming internal elections of the party.

In a statement on Saturday, Beckles-Robinson - a former member of parliament - said she met with PNM leader Dr Keith Rowley Friday to officially inform him of her decision.

“Competitive internal elections reflect the strength of leadership choices at all levels within the party. The PNM’s 58 years of political experience offers much to our country in terms of leadership, institutional knowledge and governance practices. The fundamental issue that confronts our nation is that of leadership: the people deserve decisive, compassionate, inclusive and pragmatic leadership,” she said in a statement.

Beckles-Robinson, who served as a previous Member of Parliament for Arima and held senior cabinet positions in past government administrations, will be applying for permission to host a press conference at the PNM headquarters, Balisier House, early this week, the statement added.

The PNM’s internal election is scheduled to be held on May 18.


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