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Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar

UNC Political Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar will be appointed in as Opposition Leader on Tuesday.

A statement by the Office of the President said that having indicated her willingness to accept the post, the ceremony will take place at 4 pm at President’s House.

President’s House noted that there is no Oath of Office that is administered by the President to the Leader of the Opposition.

Sections 76-83 of the Constitution lay out a number of relevant offices namely and in sequence: the Prime Minister, Ministers other than the Prime Minister, Parliamentary Secretaries and the Leader of the Opposition.

Section 84 provides for Oaths of Allegiance and due execution of office to be taken by Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries.

President House noted that no mention is made in this section, or any other, of an oath to be taken and subscribed by the Leader of the Opposition.

It said that there also isn’t any Oath of Office for the Leader of the Opposition in the forms provided in the First Schedule to the Constitution.

However, all Members of Parliament, of which the Leader of the Opposition is one, will take an oath of allegiance at Parliament.