Port-of-Spain, Mar 26 EFE - Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar dismissed a member of her Cabinet after he harassed a flight attendant on a Caribbean Airlines domestic flight earlier this month.
"As I have always said, regardless of the consequences, I remain resolved to do the right thing because it is the right thing to do," the premier said late Tuesday.
"In the circumstances, I have advised the President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, His Excellency Justice Anthony Carmona, to revoke the appointment of the Honorable Minister of the People, Dr Glen Ramadharsingh," she said in a brief statement.
Ramadharsingh has attributed the incident to "fatigue" and denied that he was intoxicated when he refused to follow instructions given by flight attendant Ronelle Laidlow.
The confrontation took place last Friday on a flight to Port-of-Spain.
Laidlow, 25, told police and Airports Authority security that the minister's hand touched her breast when he reached for her identification badge.
Ramadharsingh, however, denies having touched the flight attendant and says he did not threaten to have her fired over the incident.
He said he subsequently made an "unreserved apology" to Laidlow.
The leader of the country's largest Hindu organization, Sat Maharaj, called Ramadharsingh an embarrassment and "a poor role model" and said he should resign or be fired.
Persad-Bissessar, who was out of the country at the time of the incident, said that on her return she asked the minister and the relevant authorities to submit reports.
"All my considerations are character driven. I hold no brief for any man or woman save the greater public interest," the prime minister said.
Persad-Bissessar has booted more than half-a-dozen Cabinet ministers since taking office in May 2010.
"No man, nor woman for that matter, has been allowed, nor will be permitted, to deviate from the very principles upon which we were elected by the people into office," she said. EFE