Monday 28 September, 2020

Rowley on course for another term as T&T Prime Minister

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley.

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley.

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley was able to fend off a tough challenge from Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar to retain leadership of Trinidad and Tobago.

Rowley’s People’s National Movement (PNM) is projected to take home 22 of the 41 seats in the House of Representatives while Persad-Bissessar’s United National Congress (UNC) will have 19.

One consolation for the UNC was their ability to wrestle the Moruga/Tableland seat from the PNM.

During his victory speech, Rowley said: “Tonight against all odds, in a most difficult situation, the PNM has once again been called to service in the Government of Trinidad and Tobago.

“It has not been an easy task. It has not been an easy way but the PNM has stayed the course and once again we have been called to provide the people of Trinidad and Tobago with the good governance it expects from the People’s National Movement.”

Some hot button issues for the Rowley Administration was the coronavirus pandemic, the closure of the state’s oil and gas company Petrotrin and corruption.

The PNM may soon be looking for a new leader since Rowley said: “I am not one of these politicians who believe that when you come into office, you must go out feet first. I have places to go and people to see.”

“But more importantly I have a commitment to ensure that this is a period of transition in the PNM.”

He continued: “And as the longest serving member in the Parliament, who will continue to serve another term, I have a duty and a responsibility, during this term, to fashion the PNM’s future by ensuring that our young people are developed in such a way that when I am no longer in this position to announce an election [victory], the country will not be deprived of the leadership it deserves.

Persad-Bissessar has not conceded defeat since UNC candidates in at least three marginal seats have filed for recounts.

She however stated: “We have fought a very good fight. We did our best and we will continue to do our best for the country and for our constituents.”

Persad-Bissessar noted her party did well and could have done better.

A swearing in of Rowley’s new Government will not take place until the Elections and Boundaries Commission concludes the recount and males an election declaration.

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