MSJ leave government
Leader of the Movement for Social Justice, David Abdullah has announced that the party will be leaving the People’s Partnership government.
The current government is made up of a coalition of five parties, the United National Congress (UNC) with 21 seats in the 41 seat House of Representatives, the Congress of the People (COP) with six seats, the Tobago Organisation for the People with two seats and the National Joint Action Committee (NJAC) and Movement for Social Justice (MSJ). The latter two parties have no representation in the lower chamber but do have one Senator each in the upper house.
David Abdullah, a prominent trade union leader, has also said that he will stand down as one of the government appointed Senators. It is unclear what impact the withdrawal of the MSJ will have on the government.
Errol McLeod, the Minister of Labour and Small and Micro Enterprise Development who is affiliated to the MSJ has said that he does not intend to stand down and continues to support the government of Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar.