The PNM's General Council yesterday rejected as "downright dangerous" the UNC's plan for power-sharing and proposed instead a return to the Crowne Plaza accord.
But this idea was shot down by UNC leader Basdeo Panday, who declared that there was nothing to talk about.
It was Panday's failure to honour the very Crowne Plaza accord—forged after the 18-18 election tie last December 10—that led the two parties to this fresh round of negotiations to end the political gridlock.
In explaining why he did not abide by his publicly stated position after the Crowne Plaza agreement to accept President Arthur NR Robinson's choice of prime minister—after Robinson selected PNM leader Patrick Manning as prime minister—Panday said the president had acted unconstitutionally.
Now Manning and the PNM want to put Panday's argument to the test.
"I feel the time has indeed come for us to clarify this position, let us have expert advice on this matter to see what in fact was done and what was not done," Manning said at a media conference at Balisier House, Port of Spain, following the General Council meeting.
Manning said he would put a new proposal to Panday for both parties to seek expert legal advice on the constitutionality of his (Manning's) appointment as prime minister when they met again on Wednesday. But the UNC leader says he'll have none of that.
"There's nothing to talk about," Panday told TV6 in response to Manning's suggestion to seek legal advice.
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