PPP stands “firmly” behind Irfaan Ali, remains “united”
The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) is assuring its supporters that it remains “united and stands firmly behind the Presidential Candidate” as it works “fervently to deliver victory at the polls.”
The PPP issued a statement shortly after its Central Committee elected former Minister of Housing Irfaan Ali as its Presidential Candidate, noting that the process lasted for nearly two months.
The PPP confirmed that immediately prior to the elections, Dr. Frank Anthony, Dr. Vindhya Persaud and Gail Teixeira withdrew from the contest leaving Nandlall and Ali as the two contestants.
Ali received 24 votes and Nandlall received 11 votes from the 35 Member Central Committee.
“After the vote the four other contenders congratulated Ali and pledged support to working towards a PPP/C victory,” the statement noted.
According to the statement, the 38-year-old Ali has been a member of the PPP for over 20 years and a part of the leadership for 15 years where he held the position of Finance Secretary for several years.
It was further noted that he served in the Cabinet for seven years holding the portfolios of Minister of Housing and Water and Minister of Tourism, Industry and Commerce.