Trinidad and Tobago. In January, the government presented
a series of draft constitutional amendments to Parliament.
The most important proposal was that the Prime Minister's
post should be abolished and that an Executive President
should instead be installed as head of government. According
president had a largely ceremonial role as head of state.
The Executive President would in future be appointed by
Parliament and be entitled to appoint 17 members of
government. Another proposed constitutional change was that
the Privy Council in London should be replaced as the
highest court of appeal with the Regional Caribbean Supreme
Court (CCJ). It was expected to take at least two years
before a vote on constitutional amendments would be held in
Parliament. Before that, the proposals would be discussed
among politicians and the general public. The same month
elections were held for the autonomous island of Tobago's
parliament. Trinidad and Tobago's National Government Party,
the People's National Movement (PNM), clearly won with eight
out of twelve seats also in Tobago's parliament.
As a result of the international recession, Trinidad and
Tobago's economic growth stopped at a modest level. Above
all, it was the country's oil and gas sector, with
associated industries, affected by the downturn.