Trinidad and Tobago's Patrick Manning quits politics
Trinidad and Tobago's longest serving member of parliament, Patrick Manning, is quitting politics.
Manning, who failed to show up for screening by his People's National Movement (PNM) on Wednesday, wrote to his political leader Dr Keith Rowley, giving reasons for his decision.
Weakened by a stroke suffered in January 2012, Manning said his health has not improved sufficiently and as a result he will bow out of politics.
Manning was supposed to be one of six nominees to be considered when the PNM's screening committee met at the party's office in San Fernando.
Mr. Manning, who is a geologist by profession, was Trinidad and Tobago's fourth prime minister, who served from 1991 to 1995 and 2001 to 2010.
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