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Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, has announced that her government will again be seeking to reintroduce the “hanging bill” next year, even though it was defeated in Parliament four years ago.

Persad-Bissessar said the number of murders in the country was “too high” and she would ask Cabinet to reconsider the death penalty.

She spoke to reporters during her annual toy drive in her constituency, where she distributed toys, calendars and mugs to her constituents.

Almost four years ago, in February 2011, the “hanging bill” failed to secure a majority vote in the House of Representatives.

The bill was defeated 29 for, 11 against, after the opposition People’s National Movement (PNM) did not support the bill.
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