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Former Trinidad & Tobago prime minister Patrick Manning died

Patrick Manning, Prime Minister of Trinidad & Tobago listen to a Petroleumworld's question, at the Energy Conference in Port of Spain, on August 14, 2007.

Petroleumworld.com 07 02 2016

The former and very well respected and outstanding Trinidad & Tobago former prime minister Patrick Manning and former Political Leader of the People's National Movement (PNM) died this morning at the San Fernando General hospital, where he was admitted to undergo treatment on Acute Myeloid Leukemia, a form of cancer, earlier this week.

Former Prime Minister Manning died at 8.15 AM, on Saturday July 2, surrounded by his family and loved ones. His public Facebook page confirmed his death. 

Former prime minister Manning's wife Hazel has announced that Manning's state funeral will take place on Saturday. The viewing of the body will take place at  South Academy of the Performing Arts (SAPA)  on Thursday, followed by a viewing at  North Academy of the Performing Arts  (NAPA) on Friday, reported Trinidad & Tobago Guardian.

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley on Friday had appealed to the population to pray for former Prime Minister Manning as he concluded his address at the opening of the Education Tower on St Vincent Street, Port-of-Spain, Rowley said, “I want to recognise former Prime Minister Patrick Manning, who at this moment, is not doing as well as he would like.” The Prime Minister continued, “Let us send him as he is incapacitated for the moment...send him our best wishes...for having the vision and the fortitude to face up to those who would have said...it is better to take it and go with it...than to do it and leave it for the people.” Rowley concluded, “I would like you...in your thoughts and in your prayers...to keep him in mind...because this is part of his vision...for the city of Port-of-Spain.”, reported Newsday.

Dr Rowley today expresses condolences with a formal statement :

Today Trinidad and Tobago was plunged into mourning at the passing of our former Prime Minister and former political leader of the People's National Movement, Mr Patrick Augustus Mervyn Manning.

Mr. Manning will be remembered as a visionary, a patriot and a Caribbean man who always strived for excellence. He made the development and well-being of Trinidad and Tobago his priori ty and in so doing, dedicated his life to serving our twin island state.

During Mr. Manning's tenure as Prime Minister, the country experienced unprecedented growth and development, the benefits from that period are still helping us through the trying times we face today.

Up until his death Mr. Manning remained a source of guidance and inspiration to a generation of national and regional leaders who still sought his counsel even after he left active public life.

To Mrs. Manning and the Manning family, my family and I join you and the rest of the country in mourning his death. I extend our heartfelt condolences and gratitude for sharing him with us, since his service to the nation meant time away from his family.

To the constituents of San Fernando East whom he represented for his entire political career, we extend our deepest sympathy, we empathise with your loss.

In recognition of Mr Manning's passing, flags are to be flown at half-mast at all public buildings and foreign missions from today until the day after Mr Manning's funeral.

Subsequent to consultation with the Manning family, it has been decided that a state funeral will be held for Mr Manning, the details of which will be released in due time.

Dr Keith Rowley

Kamla Persad-Bissessar, opposition Leader and also Former Prime Minister, noted Manning's death with “deep sadness.”

“On behalf all in the Parliamentary Opposition and the United National Congress, we send our heartfelt sympathies and prayers to his wife, Hazel, and his sons and close relatives.

“Mr Manning was Prime Minister by electoral victory three times in our history—1995, 2002 and 2007. He is also our longest serving Parliamentarian and one of the longest serving public servants in the region.” TT Guardian reported.

Manning was born in San Fernando in 1946, and attended primary and secondary education in South Trinidad, before gaining his B.Sc. Degree (Special Honours) in Geology at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica.

Mr. Manning entered politics in 1971 at age 24, as the People's National Movement (PNM) candidate for San Fernando East, emerging victorious in the General Election of that year. He has won this seat in every General Election since, totaling ten contests.

Manning 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 Mr. Manning was one of three PNM candidates who retained their seats. He became the Leader of the Opposition and within two months was elected to the post of Political Leader of the PNM.

In 1991 Mr. Manning was appointed Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago. He would again be appointed Prime Minister in 2001, 2002 and 2007.

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

Story by Elio Ohep from Petroleumworld.

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