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Simpson Miller hails Rowley's T&T election victory

Published:Wednesday | September 9, 2015 | 9:00 AM

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has congratu-lated prime minister-elect of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago Dr Keith Rowley on the election to office of his People's National Movement (PNM) in a general election on Monday.

In a statement yesterday, Simpson Miller said the people of Jamaica's sister Caribbean Community (CARICOM) nation of Trinidad and Tobago have placed their confidence in Rowley and his team to provide the leadership required at this time in that nation's history and development.

"I welcome Dr Rowley to the helm of governmental leadership within the CARICOM family of nations as he continues his distinguished record of service to his people and country," Simpson Miller said.

She noted that the Jamaican Government looked forward to working with the new government of Trinidad and Tobago in a continuing atmosphere of bilateral and multilateral cooperation.

Simpson Miller also com-mended the people of Trinidad and Tobago for the mature exercise of their democratic right in the best traditions of the Caribbean.

PERSAD-BISSESSAR OUT

When the final votes were counted Monday night, the people of Trinidad and Tobago sent the government of Kamla Persad-Bissessar packing.

Results showed the Persad-Bissessar-led People's Partnership coalition winning 18 of the 41 seats, with Rowley-led PNM winning 23.

Rowley, who will be sworn in today, said his Government would govern for the benefit of all the people of Trinidad.

"We are confident that we have prepared ourselves well for the responsibility of managing the affairs of the country in a way that will allow us all as a people to look at tonight as the beginning of another era," said Rowley on Monday evening after leading his party back to power.