A breathe of change is still sweeping across the Caribbean as preliminary results show that Former Attorney General Kamla Persad-Bissessar is poised to be the new Prime Minister of the twin island Republic of Trinidad & Tobago after taking some 27 of 41 seats. The tough-talk leader Persad-Bissessar, who only four months ago became leader of the United National Congress (UNC), have created history by becoming the first female Prime Minister of the twin island Republic.
The governing Peoples National Movement (PNM) headed by Patrick Manning was unseated in an election described as ‘an inter-ethnic alliance’ comprising a five-party coalition led by Kamla Persad-Bissessar. Manning conceded defeat after an election that saw him accused of mismanaging funds and spending exorbitantly on public buildings, charges that he denied.
Manning who called a snap elections midway in the five-year term of his administration to thwart an opposition motion of no-confidence in him, in a speech to supports said he took full responsibility for what happen.
The UNC-led coalition now have the right to form the government for the next five years in the twin-island nation, which is the biggest exporter of liquefied natural gas to the United States. The change in government is not anticipated to produce any significant change in the country’s energy policy.
The 64 year-old Patrick Manning, who has led the island famous for its oil and Soca music, biggest accomplishments includes poverty reduction and attracting billions of dollars in investment in the petrochemical industries.
The Multi-ethnic nation that boast a population of 1.3 million and have historically been known to vote mainly based on race, where the afro-dominated PNM gathers mostly votes from the African decent and its opponents, who this time formed a coalition led by the UNC draws its supports mainly from Trinidadians of Indian descent.
The alliance called the Peoples Partnership is described as an attempt to break the mould as the National Alliance for Reconstruction of former prime minister A N R Robinson did in 1986 for one term.