Posted on June 25, 2012
Former FIFA vice president and CONCACAF president Jack Warner keeps climbing the political ladder in his native Trinidad & Tobago.
Warner, who resigned from both positions in wake of his alledged involvement in the bribery scandal in last year’s FIFA presidential election, has been appointed minister of national security in the Caribbean country in a major cabinet reshuffle by prime minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar.
“It is my respectful view that Mr Warner is a person of action, and he will be very useful in the Ministry of National Security and, indeed, as I said, I listened to many persons in coming to conclusions in making decisions, and so based on conversations I had with various persons, both against the Government and for the Government, we were able to ask Mr Warner to serve in that position,” Persad-Bissessar was quoted by www.insideworldfoobtall.com.
Not everyone was happy with the appointment as opposition leader Keith Rowley was critical, telling the website that it “should be a matter of concern for all the right-thinking citizens of Trinidad and Tobago.”
“It is public knowledge that in the conduct of his private affairs in the various FIFA scandals he has found it necessary to engage in unseemly and embarrassing verbal wars with offices of the United Kingdom and the United States of America,” Rowley added. “These are not only our two major international partners, but their enthusiastic cooperation in the fight against the international drug trade is absolutely essential to succeed in our fight against crime.
“The Prime Minister’s choice of Mr. Warner for this particular post borders on irresponsibility and once again confirms her misguided view that Trinidad and Tobago’s international image counts for nothing.”
Photo: Former CONCACAF president Jack Warner is now in charge of security in Trinidad. Andy Mead/YCJ
Categories: Caribbean, CONCACAF, Trinidad and Tobago
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