Donna Cox

Donna Cox after she was sworn in as Minister of Communication and Senator during a swearing ceremony held at President House, St Ann’s yesterday. Photo ISHMAEL SALANDY.

AS Marlene McDonald was stripped of her position as PNM deputy political leader yesterday, Communications Minister Donna Cox responded that the party will survive. Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley yesterday removed McDonald as PNM deputy leader.

Cox said this showed that the PNM stood for integrity and would not cover up alleged wrongdoing. She said the PNM and Government did not suffer any embarrassment with the blunder surrounding the disclosure on social media of a criminal Driving Under the Influence (DUI) record of former Government senator Garvin Simonette.

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Attorney Michael Quamina has dismissed criticisms and questions over his appointment as chairman of Trinidad Petroleum Holdings Ltd (TPHL), ­saying he is ready to take on the job. He said concerns over potential conflict of interest with him being Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley’s lawyer in the “fake oil” scandal are unfounded.

FRAUD and conspiracy accused Michael Carew was released from jail yesterday morning. Carew has been in custody since last Monday. Carew is the husband of fired public administration minister Marlene McDonald, who is outside on $2 million bail.