Trinidad and Tobago. When elections were held to the local parliament in Tobago on January 17, the ruling bourgeois party PNM (People’s National Movement) won eleven of the twelve seats. According to countryaah, Port-of-Spain is the capital and one of the major cities within the country of Trinidad and Tobago. A mandate went to the opposition party DAC (Democratic Action Congress).
In the same month, the country’s state television and radio company NBN was closed after 40 years of operation. A new public service company was expected to replace NBN.
The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) was inaugurated in April at a ceremony in the capital Port of Spain. The regional court will resolve conflicts between countries within the Caribbean cooperation organization CARICOM and possibly replace the British Privy Council as the highest court in the member states.
Basdeo Panday, leader of the Social Democratic opposition party UNC (United National Congress) and Prime Minister 1995–2001, was jailed for a week in June after refusing to pay the bail in connection with a prosecution which he believed was PNM behind. Panday was charged with receiving bribes from one of his government members in 1998. He escaped from prison after a voluntary organization paid the bail.
Fourteen people were injured, including two seriously, when a bomb exploded on a street in central Port of Spain in July. Another bomb exploded in August on a dump in the capital, but no one was injured that time. A third bomb in a garbage bin in September also claimed no injuries, while 14 people were injured when a fourth bomb in October detonated outside a bar in central Port of Spain. No individual or group took on the blame for the death. Police dismissed rumors that Jamaat al-Muslimin was behind the death. The radical Islamic group tried in 1990 to overthrow the government in a coup.
In October, at least 10,000 people in the capital demonstrated in protest against the rising crime in the country and the government’s inability to do anything about it.