Paula-Mae Weekes nominated to become T&T's first female president

Friday, January 5, 2018 - 11:15

Madame Justice Paula-Mae Weekes has been proposed as the only nominee so far for President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

The nomination was made by the Government at a meeting with the Opposition Friday morning.

Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister, Stuart Young said the Opposition put forward no nominee.

However, he said the Leader of the Opposition, Kamla Persad-Bissessar asked to meet with her caucus and respond to the Government by Monday morning.

Young, who addressed a news conference following the meeting, said the Opposition Leader responded positively to the Government's proposal.

He said, however, that there are 14 spots on the nomination form for Electoral College will elect a new president on January 19th.

The Electoral College is made up of all members of the House of Representatives and of the Senate.

The Government currently has an overall majority, which means that even if another candidate is proposed, it is likely that Paula-Mae Weekes will become the first female president of Trinidad and Tobago.

She will also be the 6th President of T&T, following Sir Ellis Clarke, Noor Hassanali, Arthur NR Robinson, George Maxwell Richards and Anthony Carmona.

Carmona will become the first president not to have served more than one term.

Presidents Clarke, Hassanali and Richards all served two full terms (10 years) while President Robinson served a term and a year (6 years).

CLICK HERE to see Government's News Conference