The new political situation in Trinidad and Tobago


Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar PHOTO/Trinidad and Tobago News Blog

For the first time in the history of Trinidad and Tobago, a female, in the person of Mrs. Kamla Persad-Bissessar has become the Prime Minister. Mrs. Persad-Bissessar only in January won the leadership of her party, the United National Congress, in an internal, one-member, one vote election. She defeated that party’s founder and leader, Mr. Basdeo Panday by a huge 10-1 margin. By leading the People’s Partnership into government she also resoundingly defeated the other long standing political figure in the country – Mr. Patrick Manning, leader of the PNM. Both Panday and Manning were symbolic of the old politics of maximum leaders and dividing the people along ethnic lines in order to win elections.

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