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Former national football captain Kenwyne Jones show thumbs up for a photo with Mickela Panday. Political Leader of the Patriotic Front after she announced their 2020 general election campaign launch yesterday at their party head quarters in chaguanas.Photo: JERMAINE CRUICKSHANK

The Patriotic Front (PF) has bowed out of the 2020 general election fight citing insufficient time to share its plans with the electorate.

Three weeks ago the PF chaired by former Oropouche West MP Mickela Panday announced that the party will contest all 41 seats.

Former Prime Minister Basdeo Panday was the elections campaign manager.

In a video recording on Tuesday Panday (M) said since Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley's "sudden announcement" of the August 10 general election the PF has been speaking with our nominees, volunteers and supporters to decide the best way forward for the Party.

Panday said the PF's intention is to continue to introduce a different kind of politics into Trinidad and Tobago, "namely a politics in which we do not slander, tell lies, shame, mudsling or malign any political party or their members or make empty promises to win elections. We will not do as others have done in the past, saying things merely to gain favour, popularity or political power,".

"To achieve this will require us sharing with our target voters our plans to bring this vision to fruition and to give all of our candidates a fair chance in the 2020 General Election. We do not believe that this can be done in three weeks. It will not only be an injustice to our young, bright, new candidates but to the country as a whole. The Patriotic Front was not born merely to fight elections, it was born to restructure our society," she said.

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