Trinidad and Tobago. According to Countryaah official site, a limited state of emergency was introduced in several areas in August in an attempt to put a stop to a violent crime wave. The decision was made when eleven murders had been committed in just a few days. According to Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, the murders were triggered by the police making several huge seizures of drugs, resulting in multimillion losses for drug leagues. The state of emergency meant a curfew at night and increased powers for the police to intervene in criminal suspicion.
In November, police said they had revealed plans to murder Persad-Bissesses. Twelve people were arrested, including several military and police. The prime minister himself considered that the murder plans were a direct result of the state of emergency. She also promised to continue to take a hard look at organized crime.
Additional elections in 1994 showed Manning the unpopularity of the government, as the ruling PNM lost 3 of the 4 seats in the elections.
At the same time, the then-Prime Minister Robinson’s amnesty had granted participants in the coup attempt in July 1990 – 114 members of the Islamic group Jamaat-al-Muslimeen – canceled. Still, this was a symbolic cancellation, as the court ruled that the accused should neither be prosecuted nor arrested.
In a situation where the economy and politics were in better condition, Manning decided to print elections for November 1995 – a year ahead of time. But the strategy failed. The ONM had to settle for 17 seats, the same as the opposition party UNC led by Basdeo Panday.
Panday allied with the NAR and thus became the first Trinidad & Tobago head of government to descend from emigrants from India.
In 1996, the Government Coalition adopted a balanced budget that reduced spending. The government entrusted a consortium with the task of building a factory that from 1999 was to supply the United States and Spain with natural gas.
In early 1997, the PNM lost further strength in parliament when two of its members joined the government coalition as “detached”. The opposition thus had only 15 seats against the 21 of the government coalition.
On February 14, the candidate of the government and former prime minister ANR Robinson was elected president as he received 46 of the electoral college votes. Opposition candidate Anthony Lucky got just 18. On March 19, Robinson formally took over the post.