Ameen makes last ditch plea for Kangaloo to withdraw

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Ameen makes last ditch plea for Kangaloo to withdraw

Parliament’s Electoral College will sit on Friday to choose the next President of Trinidad and Tobago, but St Augustine Khadijah Ameen said there is still time for former Senate president Christine Kangaloo to withdraw as Government’s nominee.

Speaking at a news conference at the Opposition Leader’s office in Port of Spain on Wednesday, Ameen said “The PNM has chosen to ignore the voices of citizens in questioning the independence of Christine Kangaloo who was a former PNM minister who has, for many years been on PNM platforms, been preaching the gospel of the PNM.

Ameen said, “If Christine Kangaloo is a woman of integrity she will withdraw herself from this nomination.

“She can save herself and this country the embarrassment of having a politically-appointed President of TT.

“She can save herself from tainting every independent organisation in this country where persons are appointed by the Office of the President – from Commissioner of Police, Integrity Commission and other independent bodies – from being tainted by the PNM. She can save TT the embarrassment.”

She added, “It’s something she should have done before today, I think when the public outcry came, as questions (arose) in terms of her political affiliation.”

Ameen pointed out, “Christine Kangaloo belongs to a family that is engrained and entrenched in the PNM. Christine Kangaloo-Garcia has had her husband, her father-in-law and numerous members of her family appointed in Government positions as ministers, as appointees to politically-appointed state boards, receiving state briefs, and so on. And the question is whether she herself will be isolated from the PNM.”

“I’m certain there are many esteemed citizens in TT who are independent in their political background who can hold the position of President of the Republic.”