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Portia hails Manning as a formidable Caribbean man

Featured Opposition Leader and President of the People's National Party Portia Simpson-Miller Opposition Leader and President of the People's National Party Portia Simpson-Miller
KINGSTON, Saturday JULY 2, 2016- Leader of the Opposition Portia Simpson Miller has described former Prime Minister Patrick Manning as an accomplished Caribbean man dedicated to the best ideals and practical realisation of Caribbean regional economic integration and the social and cultural unity of the Caribbean people.

Mrs Simpson-Miller expressed condolences to the family of former Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago Patrick Manning, the leadership and members of that country’s governing People’s National Movement (PNM), and the people of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago on the passing of former Prime Minister Manning easrlier this morning.

“Patrick Manning was a formidable Caribbean politician who led his country and people with distinction as Prime Minister between 1991 and 1995 and again from 2001 to 2010. He earned the accolade of the being the longest serving Member of the Trinidad and Tobago House of Representatives having been Parliamentary representative for the San Fernando East constituency from 1971 to 2015,” Mrs. Simpson Miller said in a statement.

“Mr. Manning was a friend of Jamaica who did a lot to advance the interest of both countries within the framework of bilateral relations as well as within the councils of the Caribbean Community. Trinidad has lost a true champion of the people and the Caribbean has lost a devoted advocate of the benefits of regionalism,” Mrs Simpson Miller said.

As President of the People’s National Party (PNP), she noted the strong fraternal relations that have existed between the PNP and the PNM before, during and after Mr. Manning’s leadership.

Meanwhile, the People's National Party, in its tribute, said "The Party joins the rest of our Caribbean and in particular our CARICOM brother and sisters in extending condolence to his family and to the people of the region's twin island republic, which he governed as their fourth and sixth Prime Minister from 17 December 1991 to 9 November 1995 and again from 24 December 2001 to 26 May 2010. We thank him for his support and service to the region and know that he will be missed."

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