Trinidad and Tobago will hold general elections on August 10, according to the Prime Minister of that country of the Caribbean Community (Caricom), Keith Rowley, announced this Friday.
The chief executive announced the date of the next elections in an intervention before the Trinidad and Tobago House of Representatives.
“I have advised the president to dissolve Parliament this midnight, according to our Constitution. The day of the nomination will be Friday, July 17 and the day of the elections on August 10, 2020,” stressed Rowley, who said nothing about whether to stand for re-election.
Rowley’s National People’s Movement (PNM) won in the September 2015 Trinidad and Tobago general election, winning 52% of the vote and winning 23 of the 41 seats in the House of Representatives.
The United National Congress (UNC) won 17 seats and the People’s Congress 1.
Rowley, 70, has served as Prime Minister since September 9, 2015
In October 2019, Rowley said assassins were hired to kill him before the 2015 general election and that he had met with attorney general Faris Al-Rawi after another alleged conspiracy to end his life was discovered. .
The country gained media presence after a shooting last weekend caused three deaths, caused by violent incidents of protest against these events that led to clashes that the local police attributed to an alleged plan to destabilize the country.
The clashes in turn caused three deaths from gunshot wounds, a police officer, another man and a woman, in addition to more than 70 wounded.
Trinidad and Tobago is a country of about 1.3 million inhabitants located in the extreme south of the Antilles, defined as a parliamentary republic.
The population is mainly divided into two ethnic groups, that of the descendants of people who emigrated from India (about 40%) and Africans (39%), with the rest made up of mestizos.