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Trinidad and Tobago

Yearbook 2002

Trinidad and Tobago. According to Countryaah website, major turbulence characterized the policy in Trinidad and Tobago during the year. The run was a parliamentary election in December 2001 that ended in a deadlock between the country's two major parties, the Conservative PNM (People's National Movement) and the Social Democratic UNC (United National Congress). President Arthur Robinson then appointed PNM leader Patrick Manning as prime minister, something UNC refused to accept.

2002 Trinidad and Tobago

The protests from the UNC side became strong and party leader Basdeo Panday stated in January that he intended to form a shadow government. Demands for fresh elections were heard throughout the year and the political turmoil was so great six months after the election that UNC's Panday warned of civil war.

In the autumn, Prime Minister Manning finally gave up and the election was announced until October 8. The decision was then taken by Parliament, where both parties had 18 seats, were still unable to agree even if any President and all political work had stalled.

The issue of corruption overshadowed all other debates before the election. In addition to several ex-ministers being accused of corruption, Panday was also suspected of falsely reporting a bank account abroad, which damaged UNC. PNM won the election and won 20 of the 36 seats in the parliament. Other places went to UNC.

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