The PPP currently has a strong position in Parliament after the unsuccessful election rigging fiasco. The party has shown that, over the years, it has made more good decisions than bad ones. It is to be seen what the future holds. The slim majority which it enjoys in Parliament can only be maintained by making the best long-term decisions for the country.
The recent forum on the gas-to-shore project, the calls for renegotiation of the oil contracts, the questions raised around the Amaila Falls project, the dangers of the manganese mining project, and the other questionable investments yet to be made will significantly influence the next election.
Even with a weakening PNC, a weakening WPA and a weaker Coalition opposition, we must keep in mind that a third-party alternative does continue to exist and grow in strength, especially after the recent nationwide flooding. The slim margin of victory during the last election does not allow for major mistakes in governance. Every dollar invested counts, and transparency in the level of returns earned or to be earned is essential.
GuySuCo and NICIL are being closely watched for future success, as well as the bauxite industry. Growth in the non-energy sector will drive job growth, and the unemployment rate must reflect good decision-making. Violence and crime continue to be on the rise, and our people look forward to stronger leadership to eliminate corruption in office and reduce crime to the minimum.
The PPP has a great opportunity before it to make a significant and lasting impact on our society. We must all guard against temptation in office, and ensure the people’s needs remain the top priority in all decision-making. I look forward to the Parliament ensuring that the next several years will be a success for both the constituencies of their respective parties and the independent-minded voters in our society.