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TRINIDAD | Prime Minister requests private meeting with opposition leader

Featured Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley and Opposition Leader Kamla Persad Bissessar  to meet over matters of national interest. Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley and Opposition Leader Kamla Persad Bissessar to meet over matters of national interest.
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Jul. 11, CMC  – Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley has requested a private meeting with leader of the main opposition United National Congress (UNC) Kamla Persad Bissessar over matters of national interest

Kamla and RowleyIn a release late Monday, the Prime Minister’s office said he had written to Persad-Bissessar, extending the invitation.

The Prime Minister’s office said he requested – “A private meeting for preliminary discussion on selected matters of national interest. The matters selected are, in the view of Prime Minister Rowley, areas in which the Opposition should be engaged.”

In response, Persad-Bissessar said she received the letter and would accept the invitation.

Persad-Bissessar, who was speaking at the UNC’s Monday Night Forum said there are a few things she wanted to discuss with Rowley especially the crime issue, the economy and to “let him know he’s brought T&T to its knees.”

The opposition leader said she would suggest ways to resolve the impasse within the judiciary and that a tribunal be established to deal with the Ayers-Caesar matter to “determine who is telling the truth” in that.

The Prime Minister’s initiative follows statements he made last Friday on several issues – which may require Opposition help – when he returned from the annual summit of Caribbean Community (CARICOM0 heads of government, last week.

The Prime Minister also hinted that Parliament may have to be recalled from its current recess for a special session regarding solutions to issues in the judiciary.

The judiciary’s problems stem from 53 criminal matters left undone after former chief magistrate Marcia Ayers-Caesar accepted appointment as a High Court judge before she was forced to resign.

The judiciary has stated all of her matters must be restarted, but the Director of Public Prosecutions’ Office says it’s burdened by the cases.

The handling of Ayers-Caesar’s High Court appointment by the Judicial and Legal Service Commission (JLSC) has been a source of controversy that was further compounded last week when two n JLSC members resigned.

While the agenda for the meeting between the Prime Minister and the opposition leader is not known, the release stated that the meeting will be held sometime this week.

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