Trinidad PM not “unduly perturbed” by resignation of minister and party colleague

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Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar is not too bothered by Gypsy’s departure from her Cabinet or party.

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Wednesday August 26, 2015 – Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar is not very worried that her Minister of Community Development has left her Cabinet and her United National Congress (UNC) or that he has described her as ungrateful and deceitful.

In fact, she says she is not “unduly perturbed” by Winston ‘Gypsy’ Peters’ departure, and wishes him all the best.

Persad-Bissessar gave that reaction when questioned by journalists yesterday, after the Mayaro MP announced his resignation at a press conference in the morning, saying that he felt betrayed by the “ungrateful” UNC leader.

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Winston ‘Gypsy’ Peters

Peter’s decision to cut ties with the UNC was triggered by the party choosing someone else to be its candidate, in next month’s elections, for the Mayaro constituency which he won four of the five times he has contested it.

The prime minister addressed his resignation twice with reporters – first at a walk against violence against women and children in downtown Port-of-Spain, and then after a Rotary Club luncheon.

“I haven’t heard what he said but I wish Mr Peters all the best in his future endeavours . . . I do not share his opinions and I think that there are thousands out there who don’t share his opinions either,” she said, adding that she believed the Mayaro seat, which will be contested by businessman Ruston Paray, would stay with the UNC.

“I think we will win the Mayaro seat and I am convinced we will win this election. I am not unduly perturbed, to be quite honest. In fact, we have done very well.”

Persad-Bissessar said she plans to identify someone to act as Minister of Community Development, until at least the September 7 general elections.

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