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End of the line for Trinidad dynasty.

TRINIDAD and Tobago's main opposition party excluded its founder and two of his relatives from its list of election candidates in the latest setback for one of the nation's most dominant and enduring political figures.

Basdeo Panday, who led Trinidad and Tobago from 1995 to 2001 as the first prime minister of East Indian descent, had been a player in the twin-island nation's politics for 44 years and founded the opposition United National Congress.

But when the UNC unveiled its candidates on Friday, his name was not on the list. Nor were the names of his daughter and brother. The party did not say why it left them off - a move that ended hopes among supporters for the island's first family dynasty.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:May 3, 2010
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