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Harry still waiting on PNM

Harry Ragoonanan
Harry Ragoonanan

PEOPLE'S National Movement (PNM) member Harry Ragoonanan said his status in the party remains "in abeyance." He made this comment after a news conference held by United National Congress member Devant Maharaj in Port of Spain yesterday.

"Right now, as far as they are concerned, I am still suspended," Ragoonanan said. He added that his matter has not been determined to date. Ragoonanan claimed that under PNM rules, if a matter has not been determined within six months, "it becomes null and void."

In that context, Ragoonanan said, "I should be reinstated." Ragoonanan said his lawyers have threatened legal action against Prime Minister Dr Rowley and National Security Minister Stuart Young. He claimed Rowley and Young have not responded to his lawyers as yet.

Ragoonanan said he is continuing with his life, "with or without the PNM." Ragoonanan was suspended from the PNM in 2017 for alleged involvement in the procurement of buses for the Public Transport Service Corporation (PTSC).

Ragoonanan appeared before the PNM's disciplinary committee last August. In that same month, Rowley rejected Ragoonanan's claim of a witch hunt against him within the party.

Young said the State played no role in the electronic recording of someone sounding like Ragoonanan allegedly talking about corruption in the procurement of buses for the PTSC.

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