Trinidad and Tobago. According to COUNTRYAAH, 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.