Watson Duke

Charles, Duke take oaths as Chief Secretary, Minority Leader

Leader of the Progressive Democratic Party has become the first Minority Leader in the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) in four years, as the new members of the THA took their oaths of office this morning.

Duke won the Roxborough/Delaford seat in Monday's THA election.

There has been no Minority Leader in the THA since 2013, when the People's National Movement (PNM) defeated Ashworth Jack's Tobago Organisation of the People by a margin of 12-0.

Watson is Duke of Roxborough but PNM claims 10-2 THA victory

Leader of the Public Service Association (PSA) Watson Duke has led his Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) into the Tobago House of Assembly (THA), taking two seats away from the People's National Movement (PNM) in Monday's polls.

The PNM won the election convincingly, but the PDP's two seats now mean the THA will have an opposing party for the first time in four years.

The PNM had won the 2013 election by a margin of 12-nil over the Tobago Organisation of the People.

Duke won Roxborough/Delaford with 1,261 votes over the PNM's Gary Melville with 949 votes.

Imbert: Wage restraint, not freeze; Duke: Imbert is Pharoah

Finance Minister Colm Imbert says the Government has taken no decision on a "wage freeze", but instead, a wage restraint.

The Minister says his comments this morning were taken out of context.

He had announced this morning that in upcoming negotiations for public servants, the Government would offer zero percent from 2017 to 2020.

His announcement drew the ire of the president of the Public Services Association (PSA) Watson Duke, who described the Minister as "Pharoah" at an earlier news conference.

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