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Ruling party keeps grip on power.

Trinidad & Tobago's ruling party easily won re-election, beating back challenges from two opponents and unrest over rising crime to keep its grip on power, reports Reuters (Nov. 7, 2007):

Prime Minister Patrick Manning's People's National Movement (PNM) won 26 seats in the newly expanded 41-seat parliament. That fell short of the 28-seat majority Manning needed to push through proposed constitutional reforms, which his critics had branded as a dictatorial power grab. The PNM draws most of its support from voters of African descent in a country where politics has long been divided along racial lines. It has been in charge of the twin-island nation for all but 11 years since the party was founded 51 years ago. Manning, a geologist, has ruled here for 10 of the past 16 years and bucked a recent anti-incumbent trend in the English-speaking Caribbean;

The main opposition party, the United National Congress (UNC), which won 15 seats in parliament, has its base largely among Trinidadians of East Indian descent. An upstart third party, the Congress of the People led by former central bank governor Winston Dookeran and presenting itself as multiracial, competed in a general election for the first time.
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Title Annotation:TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
Publication:Caribbean Update
Date:Dec 1, 2007
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