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Dr Denise Tsoiafatt Angus

The newly-launched Innovative Democratic Alliance (IDA) is already preparing for the Tobago House of Assembly elections.

The party was launched last week in Tobago with Dr Denise Tsoiafatt-Angus as the face of the organisation.

Since then Dr Tsoiafatt-Angus maintains that she is not the leader but represents the “voice of the leadership” of Tobago’s newest political party. The need for clarification comes after the party’s social media launch last week, where Dr Tsoiafatt-Angus was the only person featured in a fifteen-minute video introducing the party. And although there was no mention or appearance by any other party members, she said that IDA does not belong to any one person. She said no official positions have been assigned to party members just yet.

“The IDA does not belong to any one individual, it belongs to any individual and every individual who chooses to support the promotion of change towards equity for all and I want to emphasise that it’s not about me. Several voices came together and contributed to the conversation which lead to the launch so in the spirit of inclusion the party cannot only be led by one person.”

As the voice and so far, the only face behind the IDA, Dr Tsoiafatt-Angus said her team is already on the ground and preparing for the THA election whenever the date is announced. She said the other key players and their positions within the IDA will be disclosed at the end of this month.

She said successful organisations are built on the ability to overcome obstacles. Following the launch of the IDA members of the public accused Dr Tsoiafatt-Angus of being a “PNM tool devised to split votes.”

She said the IDA is focused on changing that mindset.