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Voters in Trinidad and Tobago chose not to give Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar's coalition a new five-year term, opting to bring back the opposition under Keith Rowley.

People in the oil-rich, twin island nation voted Monday in elections that had the prime minister battling both the opposition -- and an upstart splinter party launched by disgraced football honcho Jack Warner.

Persad-Bissessar's main challenger was Rowley, a vulcanologist; his People's National Movement (PNM) has governed the nation more than any other since independence from Britain in 1964.

Rowley assured supporters of the coalition that he intended to "govern for all of Trinidad and Tobago" and the first order of business for his cabinet was the national budget due by September 30th.

Persad-Bissessar did not concede defeat nor congratulate Rowley in a speech given at her constituency office, rather than the headquarters of her party, the United National Congress, where hundreds had gathered in anticipation of victory celebrations which quickly changed to sombre acceptance of defeat.
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