Trinidad and Tobago. According to
Countryaah, the People's National Movement (PNM)
won the election to Tobago's parliament in January and got
all twelve elected seats. The political parties in Trinidad
and Tobago are characterized by ethnic affiliation. A
majority of the population of Tobago are black and it is in
this group that PNM has its main support.
In March, Anthony Carmona took office as Trinidad and
Tobago's new president. The lawyer, Carmona, who had
previously been a judge at the International Court of
Justice in The Hague, had been elected to the post in
February and succeeded George Maxwell ("Max") Richards who
retired after serving two terms of office.
National Security Minister Jack Warner - better known as
the former head of the FIFA International Football
Federation - resigned in April on suspicion of embezzlement.
He was succeeded by Gary Griffith.
In June, Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Trinidad
and Tobago's Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar. It was
the first time a Chinese head of state visited the small
Caribbean country. Xi promised a $ 250 million loan to build
a new children's hospital. The representatives of both
countries also discussed cooperation in the energy sector.
Trinidad and Tobago have large oil reserves and China is the
world's largest energy consumer.