By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsuyana.com] – Former President Donald Ramotar has affirmed that although he will not be in the National Assembly, he will still be representing the persons that voted for the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) at the May 11 elections.
Ramotar at a press conference on Wednesday, July 08 at Freedom House confirmed that his predecessor, Bharrat Jagdeo will serve as the Leader of the Opposition when the PPP/C heads into parliament in the future.
According to Ramotar, the decision for Jagdeo to return to the House as the Opposition Leader was taken because the Party recognizes the need for a younger generation of leaders to take the mantle and that Jagdeo is best suited to transition the young members of the PPP into the leadership portfolios.
“The Party should go into transition at this point in time…transition to younger leaders to take us to future success…I personally thought that the Party should have chosen a leader from among this generation…they agreed with this decision but after thorough discussion we agreed that we need a transition that is why we have the situation where Comrade Jagdeo is the opposition leader,” Ramotar said.
The PPP released its list of parliamentarians on Tuesday which was void of the Party’s last Prime Ministerial Candidate Elisabeth Harper and the Former President himself. Ramotar defended his absence stating that when the electorate voted, the votes were for the Lists of Representatives of the PPP/C and not necessarily him.
According to Ramotar, the Party losing the elections to the APNU+AFC “changed the political situation quite a lot” adding “our supporters have always voted for the list of the party…I am not going anywhere, I am not going to stop representing the people of this party…I will continue to struggle on their behalf, I will continue to struggle with the PPP…I am not going anywhere as far as I am concerned.”
Ramotar indicated too that he will not be seeking any public office unless there is a “dramatic” turn of events in the future.
“I will not seek office in the future unless something dramatic takes place in the future,” he stated.
The Former President also spoke about the fact that Former Health Minister Dr Bheri Ramsaran will be heading back to the National Assembly.
Dr Ramsaran was summarily dismissed by Ramotar earlier in 2015 after an abusive conversation between himself and activist Sherlina Nageer was leaked.
“There were people in our Party who were not in favour of everyone on the list….but that was the final decision,” he stated when asked how he felt about the situation.
Former Foreign Affairs Minister Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett and Former Finance Minister Dr Ashni Singh, Former Local Government Minister Norman Whittaker and Minister of Human Services and Social Security Jennifer Webster have been excluded from the list of parliamentarians.
Former Agriculture Minister Dr Leslie Ramsammy’s name also appeared on the list, however it was confirmed that he has opted out citing some health issues.
The new faces include Dr Clive Jagan, Nigel Dharamlall, Collin Croal, Zulficar Mustapha and Charles Ramson Jr.
Former People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) member Africo Selman has also secured a parliamentary seat.