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Trinidad & Tobago PM Elected to Another Five-Year Term

The prime minister of the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago, Patrick Manning, has been elected to another five-year term.

Preliminary results from Monday's general elections show Mr. Manning's People's National Movement won 26 seats in the 41-seat parliament.

The result fell short of the 28-seat majority Mr. Manning needed to push through his controversial constitutional reforms. But Mr. Manning told a crowd of supporters in a victory speech that he has a comfortable majority with which to rule.

Results also showed that the main opposition party, the United National Congress, won 15 seats.

The People's National Movement draws its support mainly from descendants of African origin. The United National Congress is a favorite of the country's inhabitants of South Asian origin. A party that described itself as a multiracial alternative, the Congress of the People, failed to win a seat in the elections.

Trinidad and Tobago is one of the most prosperous of the Caribbean island nations, thanks to its natural gas and oil production. Its population of more than one million people is spread across the two islands.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.