Monthly Archive for September, 2015

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Kamla Congratulates Rowley Six Days Later

A LETTER TO CITIZENS OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

From former PM Kamla Persad-Bissessar

Prime Minister Kamla Persad-BissessarDear Friends: Candidates, Volunteers, Supporters,

Democracy truly is a precious thing and the result of an election is an expression of the will of the people. All persons who are elected should take those responsibilities very seriously indeed and I congratulate the hundreds of thousands of you who exercised your right to vote and made this possible.
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CHANGE OF THE GUARD

By Andre Bagoo
September 12, 2015 – newsday.co.tt

PNMPRIME Minister Dr Keith Rowley, 65, yesterday described his Cabinet as one built on youth, as he unveiled a team of ministers in which 17 out of 23 are firsttime ministers.

“I hope you will observe a changing of the guard,” Rowley said in an address after the new ministers were sworn-in at a ceremony at Queen’s Hall, St Ann’s. “There was a time when to hold high office in this country one had to be very senior in age and long in meritorious experience. You will have seen a lot of our young people cross this stage today and what that means is that we have put the affairs of State into the hands of a lot of young people in Trinidad and Tobago. Among them are a few hopefully sufficiently experienced ones who will provide them with guidance.” The PNM political leader also thanked youth for coming forward to serve in the People’s National Movement (PNM).
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Swearing-in Ceremony of Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley

Swearing in Ceremony of Elected Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley
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PNM, Rowley Win

PNMAfter months of heavy political campaigning, the PNM edged victory in the September 7th general election, prevailing over the Kamla Persad-Bissessar-led regime with 23 seats to the PP’s 18 seats. Although a visibly tight race, the PNM managed to capture some key constituencies including the two in the island of Tobago to secure its victory.
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T&T starts new era under PNM

By Gail Alexander
September 8, 2015 – guardian.co.tt

PNMThe People’s National Movement’s fourth leader, Dr Keith Rowley, now Prime Minister-elect, will be T&T’s second Tobago-born Prime Minister following yesterday’s 2015 general election victory.

Rowley follows Tobago-born late Prime Minister Arthur NR Robinson into history in this regard.
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Rowley rises

By Raffique Shah
September 07, 2015

Raffique ShahIf I had to identify a singular, dominant development from the tiresome, months-long election campaign, it would be the emergence of Keith Rowley as an orator and a leader of distinction.

Here is a man who started off the marathon campaign with all the negatives which any prime ministerial aspirant could be burdened with, but he overcame them with aplomb.
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Lament for a falling leader

By Raffique Shah
August 30, 2015

Raffique ShahTomorrow being Independence Day, falling exactly one week before the general election, offers Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar an opportunity to play one final campaign hand-bestowing national awards on persons she believes can help sway votes in her direction.

Of course, with serious uncertainties over her re-election and a second term as PM, she would also want to give thanks to individuals and organisations that stood faithfully with her through a rough five years during which mistakes, missteps and blunders were as routine as, say, the rising sun.
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Defending my non-voting rights…

By Jamille Broome
September 06, 2015 – newsday.co.tt

Vasant BharathLast week, the Minister of Trade, Industry, Investment and Communications decided to trample on the Constitutional rights of the non-voting section of the electorate, by saying: “I think as we mature as a society, we’ve got to take a more active part, otherwise, you are not in a position to complain subsequently or to demand anything.” Or, in colloquial terms, “vote or hush allyuh damn mouth!” Of course I’m not surprised by Vasant Bharath’s irreverent spiel because his party has been known to disregard the rule-of-law and violate human rights, left, right and centre. Cue Bail (amendment) Act, “Section 34”, and the State of Emergency .
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Two poisoned chalices?

By Peter O’Connor
September 06, 2015 – newsday.co.tt

PNM vs UNCImagine that you were very thirsty and in front of you were two glasses, each containing a clear, cool liquid. But you know from bitter experience that one glass contains vinegar and the other has brine. Do you sip from one because you feel that it is less bitter than the other? Or do you alternate, and sometimes sip vinegar and other times try the brine? Or maybe, having been fooled by both, leave them there and keep moving wearily on, hoping to find water elsewhere? But the two poisoned chalices remain there, waiting to fool new thirsty people.
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Why the PNM Will Win the Election

By Dr. Selwyn R. Cudjoe
September 01, 2015

Dr. Selwyn R. CudjoeOn March 3, 2014, I predicted “Keith Rowley will emerge victorious during the PNM’s party elections and go on to become the next prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago” (Express). Everything that has transpired since (including his winning PNM party’s election) has persuaded me of the certainty of my prediction. One week before Trinidadians and Tobagonians go to the polls I can confidently assert the PNM will win at least 26 of the 41 constituencies it is contesting.
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