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Rowley sworn in as new prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago after ruling party voted out

Keith Rowley (L) and President of Trinidad and Tobago Anthony Carmona shake hands during Rowley's swear-in ceremony as prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago in Port-of-Spain, September 9, 2015. REUTERS/Andrea De Silva


Keith Rowley (L) and President of Trinidad and Tobago Anthony Carmona shake hands during Rowley's swear-in ceremony as prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago in Port-of-Spain, September 9, 2015.  REUTERS/Andrea De Silva

Keith Rowley (L) and President of Trinidad and Tobago Anthony Carmona shake hands during Rowley’s swear-in ceremony as prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago in Port-of-Spain, September 9, 2015. REUTERS/Andrea De Silva

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad _ A new prime minister has taken office in Trinidad and Tobago after the previous ruling party was voted out in general elections.

David Rowley was sworn in during a brief ceremony Wednesday in the Caribbean country’s capital, Port-of-Spain. His People’s National Movement won 23 seats in the 41-member House of Representatives in Monday’s vote, ousting a coalition led by Kamla Persad-Bissessar.

Faris Al-Rawi was sworn in as attorney general, and retired Maj. Gen. Edmund Dillon took the oath as minister of National Security.

Rowley and his party take power as the country wrestles with slowing growth due to falling prices for its principal exports, natural gas and oil.

The Associated Press

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