Trinidad’s Movement for Social Justice Leaves Coalition Government

Above: Trinidad Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar (Photo: OPM Trinidad)

By the Caribbean Journal staff

Trinidad’s Movement for Social Justice political party has withdrawn from the country’s People’s Partnership coalition government.

The move was made by MSJ head David Abdulah, who informed Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar of his decision.

The Prime Minister said she received his letter of resignation from Trinidad’s Senate and respected the party’s decision.

In a statement, Persad-Bissessar spoke of a series of demands purportedly made by Abdullah in recent months, calling him “trapped in isolationist thinking.”

Trinidad’s People’s Partnership now includes four parties: the Tobago Organisation for the People, the National Joint Action Committee, the United National Congress and the Congress of the People.

Persad-Bissessar’s coalition formed in May 2010 with a total of 29 seats.

The People’s National Movement is the country’s opposition party.