Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar will be appointed as Opposition Leader today, even as some of her former key supporters have hardened their criticism of her continued leadership.

Despite the naysayers comments, a number of Persad-Bissessar’s MPs and the UNC-controlled Princes Town Regional Corporation, recently expressed support for her, highlighting that under her leadership, the UNC won more votes in the recent general election as a party on its own and without ties to other parties, than the UNC did in 2015 when it was a part
of the People’s Partnership (PP) coalition.

They noted that Persad-Bissessar won the UNC’s leadership polls with increasing votes since 2010 when she bested UNC founder Basdeo Panday. They said she increased votes in 2015 against Roodal Moonilal’s challenge and in 2017 against Christine Newallo-Hosein’s and they saw no reason for her to resign.

Yesterday a video of former UNC MP, Dr Fuad Khan was released. In the video he said the same mistake which Panday made in 2001, was made in this year’s election season. He said the gains of the 2010 PP coalition were frittered away and over 2015-2020 no one tried to call anyone on unity though he, Ganga Singh, Panday and Jack Warner had sought this. If there had been unity, the election outcome might have been different, he added.