PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Monday January 23, 2012 - The political leader of the fledgling Movement for Social Justice (MSJ) - one arm of the five-party coalition People’s Partnership Government – has resigned and a replacement elected.
Errol McLeod, the Minister of Labour, announced his decision Sunday stating that this would allow him to better manage his ministerial portfolio and meet his responsibilities as Member of Parliament for Pointe-a-Pierre.
Stating that the party remains “very united and very strong”, McLeod said, “The MSJ has the greatest potential to become the premier political party representative.”
Government Senator David Abdulah, the leader of the Federation of Independent Trade Unions and Non-Governmental Organisations, is the new leader of the MSJ that was formed in 2010.
“…It was decided and accepted by the central executive of the MSJ and the Activist Council that I would step down from the office of political leader and reside in the plenipotentiary position as a member of the national executive as we concentrate our efforts on the labour agenda and building the party,” McLeod told a media conference held to announced his decision.
He explained that his resignation would allow him to upgrade existing labour legislation and promote an initiative called the Workers Agenda.
According to the McLeod, the MSJ would now be able to better mobilise support over the coming months.
Abdulah said he does not expect this change to negatively affect the People’s Partnership.
“Our party is independent as are all the other political parties. It has its own structure, its own constitution,” he said.
Joseph Toney, Chairman of the Congress of the People (COP) – another coalition partner - stated that McLeod has been a reliable partner.
“We wish the MSJ continued success, and we look forward to continue working with them as an important member of the People’s Partnership,” he added.
Chairman of the United National Congress, Jack Warner said while the government was not informed of McLeod’s decision, the MSJ was no threat the People’s Partnership.
“They are a fledgling party and remember they don't even have a seat in Parliament. McLeod was given that seat by the prime minister; they do not have a political base,” he noted. Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)