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Bermuda remembers Trinidadian leader Manning

Trinidad and Tobago's former Prime Minister Patrick Manning (AP Photo/Martin Cleaver, File)

Bermuda’s political parties have paid tribute to Patrick Manning, the former Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago who died on Saturday aged 69.

Mr Manning led the People’s National Movement for 24 years and had two stints as the country’s Prime Minister — from 1991 to 1995 and from 2001 to 2010.

Michael Dunkley, the Premier, today extended his condolences to Trinidad and Tobago’s serving leader Keith Rowley.

He wrote: “Mr Manning served his country well. His overall contribution and leadership throughout the Caribbean community and region will be remembered.

“Bermuda keeps you in our thoughts as you mourn this distinguished statesman, patriot and leader of vision.”

A Progressive Labour Party spokesman called Mr Manning “a friend of Bermuda”.

He added: “We were honoured to host him as our keynote speaker at the PLP Annual Banquet back in the 1990s.

“Our prayers, thoughts and best wishes are with his family, the PNM and the people of Trinidad and Tobago.”