Remembering Patrick Augustus Mervyn Manning – 17 August, 1946 – 02 July, 2016

11 Jul

Source: Belgroves

Patrick Augustus Mervyn Manning,  former Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and political leader of the People’s National Movement passed away at the San Fernando General Hospital on Saturday 2nd July 2016.

The Honorable Patrick Manning was elected Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago on October 7th, 2002, his third time to that office.

Mr. Manning entered politics at the age 24, as the People’s National Movement candidate for the Constituency of San Fernando East, emerging victorious in the General Election of that year. He has won the seat in every General Election since, totaling 9 contests to date.

Serving under Prime Ministers Dr. Eric Williams, then Mr. George Chambers, the young representative Manning was appointed a Parliamentary Secretary in Ministries ranging from Works and Transport to Industry and Commerce, and Petroleum and Mines. He became a full-fledged Minister in 1981 holding the Industry and Commerce, and Information Portfolios, then Energy and Natural Resources.

When the PNM lost the General Election in 1986 after 25 years, Mr. Manning was one of three PNM candidates who retained their seats. He became the Leader of the Opposition and within 2 months was elected to the post of Political Leader of the PNM.

In 1991, Mr. Manning was elected Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago.

He lost the General Election of 1995, returning to the position of Leader of the Opposition for the following six years. In 2001, when a deadlock arose in the House of Representatives, Mr. Manning was appointed Prime Minister by President Arthur N.R. Robinson. A General Election was then held on October 7th, 2002 and Mr. Manning again emerged victorious. He is currently the Prime Minister and Minister of Finance.

Born in San Fernando in 1946, Mr. Manning attained his primary and secondary education in South Trinidad, followed by his B.Sc Degree (Special Honours) in geology at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica. Mr. Manning has extensive experience in the Energy Industry. He is highly regarded in the local community for his integrity and his passionate commitment to the needs of the country’s social sector.
In December 2003, Prime Minister Manning was awarded the Guyana Institute for Democracy “Democracy Prize” for his outstanding work in upholding the principles of democracy in the Caribbean region.

He is well-respected in the international community for his vision as a new-style Caribbean leader bent on having Trinidad and Tobago not only grow to developed country status on or before the year 2020, but simultaneously contribute to the development of fellow Regional States. In December 2004, he was awarded the Caribbean-Central American Action’s Star of the Caribbean Award, for his unwavering support of Caribbean neighbours in their time of distress.

Mr. Manning is survived by his wife, Hazel and two sons Brian and David.

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