National Team Unity
is a political party
in Trinidad and Tobago
led by Human Rights
lawyer and former Attorney General Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj
Originally founded as Team Unity
, to contest party elections in the United National Congress
, the slate of candidates was led by Maharaj. Team Unity won 21 of 24 contested executive posts including the Deputy Leadership (won by Maharaj).
Later that year a rift with UNC leader Basdeo Panday led Maharaj, together with Oropouche Member of Parliament Trevor Sudama
MP Ralph Maraj
, to leave the party. This caused the UNC to lose its parliamentary majority, forcing national elections.
Renaming itself National Team Unity, the party contested the 2001
general elections,won 2.5% of the vote but no seats. It did not contest the 2002
general elections, and remains more of a pressure group than a true national political party. In 2004
Ralph Maraj returned to the PNM (which he had left in 1995) as a speechwriter for Prime Minister Patrick Manning
As of 2006 the NTU appears to be a moribund organization. Its leader Maharaj has rejoined the United National Congress.