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T&T parliament gives nod to controversial bill giving PMs two-term limit

Published:Tuesday | August 12, 2014 | 8:54 PM

The Trinidad and Tobago parliament early this morning passed legislation allowing for a two-term limit for a prime minister and a run-off in a general election in the event that a successful candidate fails to secure 50 per cent of the votes cast.



However, the Constitutional Amendment Bill, which was piloted by Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar, failed to get the support of two senior government ministers, including Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Dookeran.



One other government minister abstained during the voting.



Dookeran told legislators during the marathon 18-hour parliamentary session that he could not allow the next generation's interest to be compromised by what he calls the politics of today.



The legislation, which the government said needed just a simple majority to be passed, also allows for a mechanism to recall legislators.



Speaking on Cliff Hughes Online yesterday, a member of the Opposition People's National Movement urged the Privy Council and CARICOM to intervene.



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