Former PM Basdeo Panday has died. PM Rowley and Opposition leader Persad Bissessar pay tributes

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Former PM Basdeo Panday has died. PM Rowley and Opposition leader Persad Bissessar pay tributes

Former Prime Minister Basdeo Panday had died. Conformation of this from his daughter MIckela panday who posted to her Facebook page: ” With deep sorrow, we would like to share that our loving husband and father, Basdeo Panday passed away on 1st January 2024, surrounded by his family.  In life and death he was a fighter. He passed with his boots on, keeping everybody around him on their toes with his wit and humour.

He will live on in all of us, remembered as a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, leader, and friend.  He was an inspiration to his family and everybody that knew him. We will continue to celebrate his life and treasure the time we were able to spend with him.”

Tributes also were bestowed by Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley , who posted to his page: “It is with sadness that I received the news today that the actor, Lawyer, Labour leader and Politician that was Basdeo Panday has passed on.

This is a man, a citizen, whose impact was felt at every step of the way as he made his mark so indelibly on the people of our nation. Having served the nation for so long and in so many different ways, with such resolve and panache, he can only be recognized as a true believer in this nation and its potential.

Now that he is no more, we are called upon not just to mourn but to celebrate his life and endeavour to be worthy colleagues of his legacy.

My condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues.”

Leader of the Opposition Mrs. Kamla Persad Bissessar also paid tribute: “I am saddened that Mr. Panday has passed away. I will always love him and be grateful that he was a significant influence in my life. He was a great leader and spent most years of his life helping the oppressed and poor. Mr. Panday will always be remembered with love and adoration by all of us whose lives he touched.”