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.
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.