Austin “Jack” Warner, Trinidad and Tobago’s former National Security minister on Friday launched his Independent Liberal Party (ILP) as he seeks to be retained as the parliamentary representative for the Chaguanas West constituency in Central Trinidad.
Warner, 70, resigned his post as a government minister and parliamentary representative following the release of a CONCACAF Integrity Report that accused him of financial fraud as a deliberate plan to mislead.The report accused Warner of using deceptive methods to secure funds from CONCACAF and FIFA, as well as induce FIFA to transfer funds earmarked for development purposes to bank accounts he controlled.
Warner has questioned the procedure used to gather the information for the report, describing it as flawed.He resigned his seat in parliament telling supporters he needed a fresh mandate from his constituents. But Warner was by-passed in favour of the Khadijah Ameen, 32, who is also acting chairman of the ruling party.
In an immediate response, Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar told supporters of her ruling United National Congress (UNC) that Warner’s move was designed “to bring down your duly elected government”. She said Warner had his eyes not only on Chaguanas West but the entire country, hence the formation of the party.