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PNM General Council calls for AG’s removal

Sunday, February 16 2014

Members of the People’s National Movement general council yesterday called for the resignation or dismissal of Attorney General Anand Ramlogan for what it said were derogatory statements he made against St Joseph MP Terrance Deyalsingh in the Lower House, on Friday.

The call was made during the PNM general council meeting held at Balisier House, Tranquility Street, Port-of-Spain, yesterday.

PNM Chairman Franklin Khan said the council was asking the House of Representatives debating the Dog Control Amendment Bill to take into consideration the “disrespectful, distasteful, vulgar and crude remarks made against the MP”.

“The AG has not for the first time, but hopefully for the last time, done this and we are hoping that this is the last straw that will break the camel’s back,” Khan told the media during a news conference, yesterday.

Khan also said the general council has appointed its own constitutional review team to examine a document published by the Government called Review on the Trinidad and Tobago Constitution Reform Commission.

Khan said Government was going through some public consultation on the draft document.

He said TT did not need a new constitution.

“We had a Constitution in 1962, an Independence Constitution, we had a Republican Constitution in 1976 and for heaven’s sake, it’s only 50 years, we are an independent state, so you cannot have constitution after constitution.

“The issue is not constitution, the issue is having the right people to protect our constitution that has already been established by these constitutions in the past,” he said.

“As a party we do not see the need for drastic constitutional reform, there are more urgent matters to be dealt with as we speak,” he said.

Asked about the election and the contesting of the leadership post between Opposition leader Dr Keith Rowley and former senator Pennelope Beckles-Robinson, and the repercussions of the results, Khan said: “The PNM as an institution has to be stronger after this election. We will all die and leave the PNM just as Dr Eric Williams died and George Chambers died.

The institutional capacity of the PNM is great so who leads it at what particular point in time is irrelevant. It is a historic continuum of leaders and we will have new leaders, great leaders and that process continues.

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