Trinidad and Tobago’s longest serving member of parliament quits politics

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Patrick Manning, the longest serving member of parliament is quitting politics.

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Thursday February 12, 2015, CMC – Patrick Manning, the longest serving member of parliament is quitting politics.

Manning, who failed to show up for screening by his People’s National Movement (PNM) on Wednesday, wrote to his political leader Dr Keith Rowley, giving reasons for his decision.

Weakened by a stroke suffered in January 2012, Manning said his health has not improved sufficiently and as a result will bow out of politics.

“I still however trust the Almighty to fully restore my health in His time” said Manning, who has represented the San Fernando constituency since 1971.

Manning was supposed to be one of six nominees to be considered when the PNM’s screening committee met at the party’s office in San Fernando.

Instead, he contacted members of the constituency executive to disclose that he was withdrawing.

The candidate that will replace Manning is attorney/businessman Randall Mitchell.

Manning, a geologist by profession, was the country’s fourth prime minister, who served from 1991-95 and 2001-10.

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