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Tobago's THA election results 2013: Kamla congratulates Orville

In a statement, Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar tonight congratulated Tobago House of Assembly Chief Secretary Orville London on his return to office following an "overwhelming" victory in the THA election. The full statement reads as follows.

The people have spoken. This has been a tough political battle and the choice for Tobagonians between change and a perpetuation of an administration which has been in place for twelve years. Tobagonians, in an overwhelming majority chose to stay with the Orville London led THA. And as I have always said, the voice of the people, is the voice of God. I wish to extend congratulations to Mr London and the PNM for the resounding victory secured at the THA polls. I assure Mr London and Tobagonians that the central government will work with the THA in the interest of developing Tobago for the benefit of all.

To our own supporters I say do not despair, in the words of poet Maya Angelou, "while one may encounter many defeats, one must not be defeated." There is much to be learnt from this and from which strong character can emerge. It is a time for introspection and resolve. A time to gather valuable insights that will serve us well in the months and years ahead.

To each of you who worked tirelessly, I express my heartfelt gratitude. Somewhere down the road your efforts will bring you the returns and the victory will be sweeter. But for now let us be mindful that the election is over. Let us put aside our political differences and embrace each other. All that matters now is the development of Tobago which we will work together to develop. May God bless our nation and may God bless you all.

The prime minister also congratulated US President Barack Obama on his return to office. That statement in full reads as follows.

The inauguration of Barack Obama as the President of the United States realizes the dream of equality expressed by Martin Luther King Jr and it holds particular pride for our own diverse nation today as we join in celebration with hundreds of millions of people across the planet.

It is ironic that President Obama was sworn in on Martin Luther King Day. No one could have predicted nor determined that Barack Obama’s inauguration would occur on the very day set aside for both the observation of the life and birth of an historic figure who dreamt of an America where colour no longer mattered and the official inauguration of the 44th President of the United States of America.

It is my belief that this event is the fulfillment of a destiny etched in the soul of a nation some 50 years ago.

We should all consider ourselves fortunate to have seen this occur in our lifetime. It opens up our minds to the world of possibilities available to each of us regardless of who we are and what obstacles may lie in our way.

The story and life of Barack Obama is a beacon to the world that points the way in which each of our own destinies can be fulfilled against all odds.

On behalf of the government and people of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, I express heartfelt congratulations to President Barack Obama and the people of the United States of America.



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