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Trinidad & Tobago Give Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley another term

Trinidad & Tobago Give Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley another term

The voters in Trinidad and Tobago have voted to give Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and his People National Movement (PNM) another term in office at the Trinidad and Tobago’s general elections held on Monday.

The elections, preliminary, results indicate that the PNM won again, this time but with a reduced majority, they captured 22 seats at these elections, while they had previously won 23 seats in the last elections in 2015.

On Monday night during his victory speech, Prime Minister Rowley signaled that this upcoming term will be a period of transition for him and the party, as this may be his last elections. Prime Minister Rowley said, “This is my period to ensure that the young people, I have been mentoring, that they move into greater responsibility during that period. So, Trinidad and Tobago, this is a period of transition, but I will not shirk my responsibility to the people of Trinidad and Tobago who have elected me for this five-year period”.

Kamala Bissessar

There were nineteen political parties and four independent candidates who contested the Trinidad & Tobago general elections on Monday. Opposition Leader, Ms Kamla Persad-Bissessar, the main opposition United National Congress (UNC), also captured the Moruga/Tableland seat from the PNM and have therefore increased their seat total to 19. Additionally, the UNC Leader has requested a recount of the marginal seats and said her party will not concede until then. Ms. Kamla Persad-Bissessar stated, “We fought a good fight, however, tonight I am not giving a concessionary speech. I am not conceding. Our candidates in several marginals are filing for recounts and only then we can concede. Go brave, we fought a good fight and we will continue to go and fight,”.

Brian Manning

While the People’s National Movement, PNM, may have lost a seat, they also gained numbers with political newcomer, Brian Manning, son of late former prime minister Patrick Manning. Strong support poured in following Brian Manning’s selection to contest the San Fernando East seat in the 2020 general election. Brian Manning has moved one step closer to being the ruling People’s National Movement (PNM) standard-bearer in the next general election for the constituency his father held for 44 consecutive years.

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