JUST like United States President Barack Obama, former US president Bill Clinton and former prime minister of the United Kingdom Tony Blair, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar believes she will bounce back from a mid-term election defeat and win the next general election.
Persad-Bissessar made the statement yesterday as she spoke to members of the media following a launch of the new police highway patrol at the Police Training Academy, St James Barracks.
On Monday, the Persad-Bissessar led People’s Partnership coalition won five of 14 regional corporations up for grabs after winning 11 in 2010.
However Persad-Bissessar said she was not “totally disappointed” by Monday’s results.
Persad-Bissessar blamed the loss on midterm blues suffered by other world leaders but said she believes the People’s Partnership will win the general election carded for 2015.
“Midterm is always a very difficult time for any government that is in office. President (Barack) Obama was almost wiped out from mid-term elections, president (Bill) Clinton was almost wiped out in mid-term elections, Tony Blair, prime minister in the UK, did very badly in mid-term elections yet all three went on to win the general elections,” Persad-Bissessar said.
“We (People’s Partnership) still have 18 months (in office) and I am very confident that given the work of the government we can continue to grow and develop. I am not totally disappointed by the results of the local government (elections),” she said.
Persad-Bissessar lamented the lack of official data being provided by the Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC).
The latest figures stated the People’s National Movement (PNM) received 189,805 votes; the UNC 121,793, COP 32,616, and the Independent Liberal Party (ILP) 102,918.
Persad-Bissessar said she believed there was a “great enthusiasm” from “all quarters”.
“I think the enthusiasm was really very much there. Percentage -wise, we await the final numbers but there was great enthusiasm in this election from all quarters. It is a tribute to Trinidad and Tobago that once again we had a smooth election. Democracy is very much alive,” she said.