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Pre-election woes are rising in Trinidad and Tobago

Monday, March 2, 2015

Subject

Fall-out from the recent scandals affecting the cabinet.

Significance

Just months before a general election is due, the government of Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar is in turmoil owing to a scandal involving former attorney-general Anand Ramlogan and ex-minister of national security Gary Griffith, both implicated in witness tampering allegations. The prime minister removed both men from office, and then undertook a wider cabinet reshuffle.

Impacts

  • The government may yet recover, with more than six months until general elections must be held.
  • However, public spending cuts are likely to undermine recovery and the government's approval.
  • Police investigations could reveal new information that damages the government's credibility further.
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