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No disciplinary action against PNM mps

image No disciplinary action will be taken the Opposition MP’s which did not vote in favour of a private motion brought to the parliament by former Prime Minister, Patrick Manning.

On Friday there was a split in vote among members of the Opposition to a private motion in parliament brought by Mr. Manning.

He failed in his bid to be allowed the use of legal representation with him when he goes before the Privileges Committee of Parliament.

At a news briefing held at the PNM’s Baliser House this afternoon, the party’s Public Relations Officer, Senator Faris Al- Rawi, said although there was a split in the vote of the opposition the party remains one which stands for democracy within the movement.

He confirmed the idea is not to penalize anyone who voted against the motion.

 

imageDespite this the General Council of the Opposition People’s National Movement is still being mandated to find out if there is any possible division in the parliamentary arm of the party.

Port of Spain Mayor Louis Lee Sing moved a motion on the matter at the PNM’s first General Council Meeting held on Saturday.

It comes on the heels of Friday’s split in vote among members of the Opposition to a private motion in parliament brought by former Prime Minister Patrick Manning.

He failed in his bid to be allowed the use of legal representation with him when he goes before the Privileges Committee of Parliament.

Mr. Manning argued the Committee has a lot of power and members should be given the opportunity to protect themselves as suspension can result in serious consequences.

The former Prime Minister was sent before the Privileges Committee of Parliament when he claimed Prime Minister, Kamla Persad Bissessar, was building a home worth 150 million dollars on the SS Erin Road.

The claim was denied by Mrs. Persad Bissessar.

However, speaking at a news briefing at Baliser House this afternoon, PNM party Chairman, Franklin Khan, said the General Council reviewed reports that three MP’s broke the ranks of caucus and voted for a motion that they were to abstain.

Mr. Khan accused the government of trying to use the incident to create the impression there is division in the Opposition in light of growing pressure on its performance in power.

Meantime Mr. Khan says Funds in the Opposition People’s National Movement are low and the party is embarking on a drive to ensure it has more financial resources to carry out various activities.

He explained a lot of the mobilizing work which the PNM will carry out does not require significant amount of funding.

Mr. Khan admitted one of the ventures to be undertaken to raise funds will be a three car raffle in June that will be drawn in December.

He admitted there are expenses the PNM needs to offset arising out of the last year’s general election.

 

 

Story by Dennis James

 

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