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Call general election now—PNM leader
How sweet it is for the People’s National Movement to have won the local government elections. This was the statement of the party’s leader Dr Keith Rowley in his victory speech at Balisier House shortly before 10 pm last night. Call the general election now, Rowley demanded of Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar. Yesterday’s victory was the first for the party under Rowley’s leadership in an election in Trinidad.
“From the preliminary results we have won a number of corporations and we have made our presence felt in every corporation,” Rowley told reporters. He said the only corporation in which the PNM did not win a district was in Penal/Debe, but the party had won all the districts in Port-of-Spain and Diego Martin. “We have taken back the corporation in Arima, Sangre Grande, we have won handsomely in San Fernando and we have lost very narrowly in Siparia,” Rowley said.
He said what was most interesting and satisfying was the PNM’s performance in Chaguanas, where it polled the highest number of votes without winning the most districts there. “The PNM is very happy as it has rebuilt itself over the past three years after the massive defeat in the 2010 general election at the hands of the People’s Partnership,” Rowley said.
Commenting on Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar’s claim that it was a people’s victory, Rowley said: “We have won this election and if, in the face of a humiliating defeat, the PM feels that she has won, why take away her toy?” He said the defeat of the PP meant: “The Government has collapsed and is in office as a collapsed government.”
For the PNM, yesterday’s historic victory meant “we are on the way to winning the general election,” he declared, saying if the Government really cared for the people, the PM “would call the general election now, having lost her mandate.” In response to a question Rowley said the party’s campaign shifted to St Joseph today. The party’s internal election, he said, would be held early next year.
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