Trinidad and Tobago. According to
Trinidad and Tobago has a population of 1.39 million (2018).
The opposition demanded a vote of no
confidence in April because of corruption allegations
against the government. Then Prime Minister Patrick Manning
announced something unexpected new election. The election
was held in May and resulted in the National People's
Movement (PNM) losing power. PNM has ruled the country for
most of the last half century. Victors became an alliance
led by the largest opposition party United National Congress
(UNC). The UNC alliance, supported mainly by Trinidadians of
Indian origin, won by 29 seats against 12 for PNM, whose
supporters are mainly black.
Just a few months earlier, the former Prosecutor Kamla
Persad-Bissessar had defeated the former Prime Minister
Basdeo Panday by a large margin in an internal UNC
leadership election. Persad-Bissessar now became Trinidad
and Tobago's first female prime minister. She won after a
lavish campaign as leader of an alliance that sought to
include all ethnic and socio-economic groups.
After the election, Manning resigned as the leader of PNM
and was later replaced by Keith Rowley.