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Sunday 18 March 2018

PNM group slams UNC

The People’s National Movement’s (PNM) Laventille West constituency executive has slammed the Opposition United National Congress (UNC) for refusing to support the Anti-Gang Bill 2017 last week.

The bill, which needed a three-fifths majority for passage, was defeated when the Opposition voted against it in the House last Thursday.

A three fifths majority in the House means 25 votes. Government and the Opposition have 23 and 18 MPs respectively in the House.

In a statement, constituency chairman Clay Thomas charged that the UNC has once again demonstrated “callous disrespect and reckless disregard” for the safety of the population.

Thomas also described Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar’s defence of the UNC’s actions as, “lame and vacuous.” According to Thomas, the records of the debate show that Persad-Bissessar had no issue with the legislation itself or its potential efficacy in arresting criminal activity, “which in large part is due to the operation of criminal gangs.”


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