|People’s National Movement (PNM) leader Dr Keith Rowley|
People’s National Movement (PNM) leader Dr Keith Rowley yesterday predicted an early general election.
Rowley said, given all that the People’s Partnership Government has faced in the last three years, it was evident that it was about to collapse.
“Governance and running the country’s affairs take second stage, back stage or no stage at all. This cannot go on forever. Very soon the population would have to begin to focus on the fact that we are heading to the polls,” Rowley said.
He made his comments to the media as he handed over the deposit cheque to PNM’s candidate Avinash Singh for the July 29 by-election for the Chaguanas West seat.
Rowley said he did contemplate what would happen if former member of parliament for Chaguanas West Jack Warner, won the seat as an independent candidate and came to sit in Parliament on the back bench behind the PNM.
“There is a maxim, the enemy of my enemy is my friend, so some people see it that way and I am a very friendly guy,” Rowley said.
“We are all parliamentary colleagues first and foremost. We have no control over who fill the spaces behind us.”
Rowley said when the ruling coalition began facing problems earlier on, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar would often say she could hold the parties together.
He listed those challenges as the Tobago Organisation of the People (TOP) being “decimated” by the PNM at the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) elections last January; the Movement for Social Justice (MSJ) pulling away from the coalition; and the Congress of the People’s continued “fluttering around without a head”.
“We of the PNM pay attention to that because it wouldn’t be long before the wider population realise that Trinidad and Tobago is without a functioning Government,” he said.
Rowley said the Government was in survival and self-defence mode.
He said Warner’s break with the Prime Minister is more evidence that the “Government has collapsed”.