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Maxie Cuffie

Renuka Singh

Incumbent Member of Parliament for La Horquetta/Talparo, Maxie Cuffie will not accept a nomination to fight for his seat in the 2020 general elections.

“I am completely my full term,” he said in response to queries last night about his departure.

In a social media post, Cuffie said he did not want his past health issues to become a “distraction” on the campaign trail.

Cuffie said that despite getting positive news from both his local and international medical experts and despite having made a “complete recovery”, he chose to step away after his term came to an end.

“I give the assurance that I will wholeheartedly support the PNM’s re-election campaign to ensure the preservation of good governance to the constituency and the country. Rest assured too, that consistent with my oath of office, I will continue to work towards the completion of all projects aimed at enhancing your lives for the remainder of my term in office,” he said.

Back in March, Cuffie stated that he was interested in facing the polls again, but was leaving it up to God.

In his social media post, Cuffie said that he made the decision to step away “after prayerful” deliberation.

“I appreciate the tremendous love and support given by all, the Constituency Executive, Staff, Party Groups and all my beloved constituents over the last four and a half years. It continues to be a great honour and pleasure to represent and raise the profile of the Constituency of La Horquetta/Talparo.

He also listed all of his accomplishments during his tenure, including the opening of the bridge to Manuel Congo and the completion of bridge works along Mamoral Road and works at Greenvale, Arima.

Back in 2018, the Government confirmed that some $2 million was spent on Cuffie’s medical treatment at facilities in T&T and the United States.

Cuffie suffered a stroke the year earlier and returned to work in 2018.