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Former T&T prime minister declines nomination for national award

Published:Saturday | August 23, 2014 | 5:02 PM

Former Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Patrick Manning has declined a nomination by the Kamla Persad Bissessar administration to award him the country’s highest national award.



Persad Bissessar had asked President Anthony Carmona to bestow the award on Manning and former Prime Minister Basdeo Panday when the country celebrates its 52nd anniversary of independence later this month.



However, in a statement yesterday the 68-year-old Manning said he found out about the award through Facebook and media reports.



He says his primary reason for declining the award was based on his principled stance to not accept any Trinidad and Tobago awards while serving as an MP.



Manning, who twice served as head of government in the twin-island republic, also charged that Persad Bissessar was elected to office through what he called a series of sustained and vicious attacks on his character.



In her reaction, Persad Bissessar said it is regrettable that Manning should seek to politicise the matter.



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