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Sunday, September 13, 2015
As newly-elected Prime Minister Dr
Keith Rowley was sworn into office this
week, many people openly congratulated
him on his party's success in the general
Former Prime Minister and leader of the
People's National Movement, Patrick Man-
ning publically posted congratulations on his
Facebook page to Rowley soon after the vic-
"Dear Dr. Rowley, congratulations on
your victory at the polls on Monday evening.
I wish you all the best not only in your lead-
ership of the People's National Movement,
but in your role of Prime Minister of the Re-
public of Trinidad and Tobago.
"The road ahead will undoubtedly be full
of challenges but I am confident that you
are up to the task. In closing, my congratula-
tion to you on a battle hard fought and a vic-
tory well earned."
The Facebook status was signed Patrick
Pro Vice-Chancellor and principal of the
St Augustine campus of the University of
the West Indies (UWI), Professor Clement
Sankat, said he was proud to have another
graduate of UWI assuming the position of
"We at the St Augustine Campus would
like to welcome our new Prime Minister and
to offer him our full support as he begins
this new journey of the governance of the
Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.
"The St Augustine campus has always
been blessed with good relationships with
the Government of Trinidad and Tobago,
and we look forward to continuing in this
tradition of a strong partnership with our
government for national and regional devel-
opment," Sankat said.
Rowley graduate from the Mona and St
Augustine campuses of UWI. He is a spe-
cialist in the areas of Geology, Seismology
and Volcanology. As an academic member
of staff at the St Augustine campus, he held
the positions of Research Fellow and later head of the
Seismic Research Unit, now the Seismic Research Cen-
tre, at UWI St Augustine, until he entered politics.
Non-governmental groups, who took to the airwaves
during the recently concluded election to raise key policy
and legislative concerns of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-
gender and intersex (LGBTI) members of the national
community, also congratulated Rowley, Attorney General
Faris Al-Rawi and the PNM on their election victory.
Allies for Justice & Diversity pledged to join the new
government in resuming the work of building a nation
that must be shared by all.
"Now that the divisive election campaign has con-
cluded, we thank Dr. Rowley for his election-night re-
minder that he is the Prime Minister of all of us, and his
commitment of his party as 'a rally for all the people of
Trinidad and Tobago coming together fighting for the
common good,'" said Colin Robinson.
The allies include the Coalition Advocating for Inclu-
sion of Sexual Orientation (CAISO), Friends for Life, I Am
One and the Silver Lining Foundation.
The Youth Empowerment Party (YEP) also conveyed
congratulated Rowley and urged the PNM Government
to govern the country fairly with the youth in mind.
"We urge that the Rowley administration govern our
beloved country fairly, honestly and with country in mind
and not self, for we in the Youth Empowerment Party,
the future holders and bearers of our country, are watch-
ing, listening and taking notes. We
will not allow any government to de-
stroy the future of our country," said
YEP's political leader Jonathan
The Emancipation Support Com-
mittee of T&T (ESCTT) thanked
Rowley for his speech, where he ac-
knowledged the difficult economic
ESCTT chair Khafra Kambon said:
"In addressing the economic hurdles
which the nation will have to cross,
the Honourable Prime Minister nei-
ther created the illusion that it would
be easy, or it could all be left in the
hands of the captain and his crew, nor
generated a sense of pessimism
about the future.
"You called on the nation, on all of
us, regardless of party affiliation, or-
ganised and unorganised, as citizens,
as patriots, to be prepared to play our
part in steering the ship through the
turbulence. And you pointed to the
calm ahead once we all shared in the
effort, and no doubt sacrifices, neces-
sary for us to overcome difficult
The Downtown Owners and Mer-
chants Association (Doma) also
lauded Rowley's acceptance speech,
which it described as a "message of
peace, hope and togetherness."
"We see this as a sign of encour-
agement and it raises our expecta-
tions for the type of unity that our
country desperately needs," Doma
said.The British-Caribbean Chamber of
Commerce (BCCC) also acknowl-
edged the challenges that will be
faced in the future in the energy sec-
tor in congratulating Rowley.
"The BCCC is keenly aware of the
challenges posed by recent develop-
ments in the global energy sector and
implications for our local economy
and as a Business Chamber, we wish to take this oppor-
tunity to assure the new Prime Minister and his Govern-
ment of our support as they move forward in addressing
these challenges," a release from the BCCC stated.
The Tobago Council of the PNM also congratulated
Rowley on his election victory.
Rowley is the fourth political leader of the PNM and
the second Tobagonian to be elevated to the position of
The council also congratulated Shamfa Cudjoe, MP of
Tobago West, and Ayanna Webster-Roy, MP of Tobago
East, and all other representatives who will form the
new parliament of Trinidad and Tobago.
Rowley, PNM lauded
In addressing the economic hurdles which the nation will have to cross,
the Honourable Prime Minister neither created the illusion that it would be
easy, or it could all be left in the hands of the captain and his crew,
nor generated a sense of pessimism about the future.
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