Kirt Sinnette, deputy leader of the Congress of the People (COP). will act in the interim after Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan resigned as COP leader on Wednesday.
The party confirmed that yesterday after Seepersad-Bachan resigned at a COP executive meeting on Wednesday. Sinnette will act until COP holds internal elections, expected by November. He also told Guardian Media,“ The party will do a post mortem on Saturday regarding Monday’s general election outcome.’’
COP’s four candidates were defeated in the election- including Seepersad- Bachan who contested in St Augustine
Seepersad-Bachan is the latest leader to have resigned after their party was defeated in Monday general election. Others who did so are Progressive Empowerment Party leader Phillip Alexander and ILP leader Jack Warner who said he’s now retired from politics.
In a statement, Seepersad- Bachan said in the interim, COP’s National Council would appoint one of the party’s Deputy Political Leaders to act as Political Leader according to COP’s constitution .
Sinnette and Petra Bridgemohan are the deputies.
Seepersad- Bachan had added, “When I took the mantle of leadership, I pledged to honour the mandate of the COP –to find enduring unity and strength in our diversity towards a model nation where all aspire to excellence. Our vision to develop digitally driven and economically empowered citizens who can create their own wealth and meaningfully participate in their governance is even more relevant today.”
“ We fought the general election 2020 because we firmly believed in the need to strengthen our parliamentary democracy. I’m heartened many constituents understood the importance of the conscience vote. I ‘m humbled by the many people who listened and shared their views and concerns with me.“
She added: “Regardless of their final political choice, they treated me with respect and I couldn’t have asked for more. The country has taken note that we’ve raised the bar of campaigning. In this regard I want to thank all the COP candidates and their teams for keeping to our principles and values. To the COP candidates, you fought the good fight. Citizens are longing for sustained engagement and we’ve given them the formula.
”We’ve started a movement of change that will give rise to the 21st century future, leading to a better quality of life for all citizens. We must all believe that change will come and that citizens will be the beneficiaries of good governance, as only then will our nation reach its fullest potential.’’
Former COP leader Prakash Ramadhar, commenting on the development, says he doesn’t intend to involve himself in COP since all patriots now needed to contribute to making T&T a success.
Ramadhar said, “The COP has had the opportunities and succeess placed before it. But I cannot say now what the future is for COP as I don’t know the internal workings of the party. It’s not my intention to involve myself as we just emerged from an election and it’s very important now to be patriots to look after the country. Each of us needs to be a patriot individually and collectively to contribute to making T&T a success – that’s now my mission.”