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Incumbent party leads Trinidad & Tobago general election

August 11, 2020 GMT
FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2019 file photo, Trinidad and Tobago's Prime Minister Keith Rowley addresses the 74th session of the U.N. General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters. Preliminary election results from an Aug. 10, 2020 vote shows Rowley appearing to have secured re-election, however, the opposition United National Congress has demanded a recount. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen, File)
FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2019 file photo, Trinidad and Tobago's Prime Minister Keith Rowley addresses the 74th session of the U.N. General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters. Preliminary election results from an Aug. 10, 2020 vote shows Rowley appearing to have secured re-election, however, the opposition United National Congress has demanded a recount. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen, File)
FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2019 file photo, Trinidad and Tobago's Prime Minister Keith Rowley addresses the 74th session of the U.N. General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters. Preliminary election results from an Aug. 10, 2020 vote shows Rowley appearing to have secured re-election, however, the opposition United National Congress has demanded a recount. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen, File)
FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2019 file photo, Trinidad and Tobago's Prime Minister Keith Rowley addresses the 74th session of the U.N. General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters. Preliminary election results from an Aug. 10, 2020 vote shows Rowley appearing to have secured re-election, however, the opposition United National Congress has demanded a recount. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen, File)
FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2019 file photo, Trinidad and Tobago's Prime Minister Keith Rowley addresses the 74th session of the U.N. General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters. Preliminary election results from an Aug. 10, 2020 vote shows Rowley appearing to have secured re-election, however, the opposition United National Congress has demanded a recount. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen, File)

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Trinidad & Tobago Prime Minister Keith Rowley appears to have secured reelection with preliminary election results Tuesday showing his party winning a 22-19 parliamentary victory in the energy-rich Caribbean nation mired in a recession.

The preliminary results from Monday’s vote showed the People’s National Movement winning 22 of 41 seats in the House of Representatives, though the opposition United National Congress, which is led by former Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, demanded a recount late Monday.

The election was held amid coronavirus pandemic restrictions and came at a time the twin-island nation has been struggling with high debt, unemployment and a collapse in prices of oil and natural gas.

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Rowley, a 70-year-old volcanologist, held several Cabinet posts before being elected prime minister in 2015.