WEEKLY REVIEW: TRINIDAD'S PRIME MINISTER IN TROUBLE

Created: 8/14/1970

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WEEKLY REVIEW

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Trinidad's Prime Minister in Trouble

Prime Minister Eric Williams' polilica! strength is dwindling, and opposition elements are attempting to take advantage ol his difficulties.

Williams has done little to alleviate basic socioeconomic problems since tha politicalfast spring, which was engendered by racial demonstrations. Instead of attempting tothe causes of discontent-the high rate ofand Eastegrothe prime minister has apparently concentrated on centralizing his control of security forces to ensure their loyalty to the government should another crisis arise. Although onune he proposed an ambitious plan for nationallocal support has nol been forthcoming on the scale he envisioned.

week former foreign. Robinson, who resigned in April, publiclythe government's economic programs as "farcical" and stated that Williams' Peoples'Movement (PNM) had virtually ceased to function as a political

In July two opposition groups announced an informal coalition In preparation for futureOpposition groups have been factod and contain no effective critics of theA united front, however, could pose serious problems for Williams, whose popularity has eroded seriously since the riots, which lasted from February to April of this year. Williams isobligated to call elections beforeut he probably will hold off as long as possible, hoping that his position will

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