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Ominous signs for Trinidad and Tobago coalition government

Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar and Austin Jack Warner in happier days (File Photo)

Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar and Austin Jack Warner in happier days

A regional pollster is warning that the victory of former national security minister Austin “Jack” Warner in a by-election in Trinidad and Tobago on Monday, is an “ominous” sign for the ruling People’s Partnership government headed by Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar.

Peter Wickham, a director at the Barbados-based Caribbean Development Research Services (CADRES), described Warner’s convincing victory in the Chaguanas West constituency, considered a stronghold of the ruling United National Congress (UNC), as historic and also ominous with the parties preparing for a Local Government elections by October.

Warner, the interim leader of the newly formed Independent Liberal Party (ILP) defeated four other candidates including Khadijah Ameen, the UNC candidate, polling 12, 631 votes as against 5,126 for Ameen.

“It is ominous. The reality is that right now the situation is not one where it can shake the moorings of her (Prime Minister Persad Bissessar’s) administration. She still has a clear majority, there is no question there but I think the signals have been set.

“The first signal was Tobago, this is the second signal. I think the third signal will be the Local Government elections.

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Comment by Deshawn Thomas on August 4, 2013 at 12:46pm
my moms,dad,,auntie,uncle
uncle/god father,god mother my grandma pass away july
2nd due to massive heartc stroke was born in trinidad
and also was my cousins
i heard alot about trinidad
my father use to tell me story
about it,even have half brotha seened him pics never met
but there been alot of topics
on caribbean fever web site
in some of the blogs post up
online mention of trinidad
to much going on new york
more worst people bugged out
Comment by caribbeanrose on August 2, 2013 at 8:33am

PP (Piss Party) must go now!

Comment by Ruff de Gehto Travler on August 1, 2013 at 10:59am

So what does this mean for the country I know little about Trindad and Tobago Politics will this help strengthen the people and unit the mass or what !!! Will it bring economic change I know just asking people who are form trinidad if this is a good ting ya see me was not poking fun at all !!!! I guess a change for the better I pray

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