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Piano sparks political dispute

world Updated: Jan 22, 2011 12:11 IST

The supposed disappearance and re-emergence of a Bosendorfer piano left red faces in the ranks of the Trinidad and Tobago ruling coalition party over the past week, and is in the middle of a political dispute in this country.

Trinidad and Tobago's Attorney General Anand Ramlogan, whose People's Partnership party was voted into power last May, attempted to embarrass ex-prime minister Patrick Manning last week, by insisting that a expensive Bosendorfer piano had been improperly moved from the Prime Minister's residence and suggested Manning knew its whereabouts.

"I have asked Prime Minister (Kamla) Persad-Bissessar to search those premises to locate this grand piano," said Ramlogan, who said this Bosendorfer is on of ten purchased by the previous government.

A day later, the National Security adviser to the Prime Minister and former army captain, Gary Griffith, admitted that the piano was discovered at the Diplomatic Centre, exactly where Manning left it when he vacated office, eight months ago.

Griffith explained that the approximately nine foot tall piano had remained unseen for close to a year due to it being "deliberately tucked and hidden away" under "layers of cloth".

The Attorney General has so far defied demands for a public apology from the opposition and declined comment on the abilities of the present Prime Minister's security detail.

"Everyone in the cabinet, as far as I am aware, has been very, very happy that we have discovered such a wanton further abuse of taxpayers' funds," said Ramlogan.