History will be created as the Progressive Democratic Patriots (PDP) and the Tobago Council of the People’s National Movement meet at the Assembly Legislature Building, Scarborough, at 4 pm Wednesday to discuss a joint transitional government to manage Tobago’s affairs.
This is the PNM’s first attempt in its 65-year history to join forces with another party to govern. If talks result in a power-sharing arrangement, it will be Tobago’s first coalition government.
The PDP’s leader Watson Duke revealed the place and time of the meeting via WhatsApp last evening.
In contrast, when the media asked for details of the meeting, the PNM’s Public Relations Officer Kwesi Des Vignes declined.
Instead, he said there is a “public outcry” to stop releasing information about the nature of talks between the two parties as they seek to fix Tobago’s legislative and administrative issues.
De Vignes added the meeting’s “critical and delicate” nature requires that it be held in private. He said its outcome will be revealed to the public at the appropriate time.
On March 3, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley met with all 12 assemblymen asking if they had a solution to get Tobago’s legislative arm up and running after the unprecedented six-six tie in the Tobago House of Assembly elections.
He said if both parties cannot convene the Assembly, the amended THA Act will be proclaimed, making way for fresh elections.