Opposition agrees! Paula-Mae Weekes to become nation's first female president

Monday, January 8, 2018 - 09:30

Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar has announced that the Opposition will support the Government's nominee of Paula-Mae Weekes for the post of President of the Republic.

It means Paula-Mae Weekes will be elected unopposed as the next President of Trinidad and Tobago.

The Opposition Leader says part of her support for Weekes is due to the fact that she will become the first female president of the country.

Persad-Bissessar has raised some issues regarding the constitutionality of the nomination, given that Weekes has been residing in the Turks and Caicos where she has been serving as a judge.

The constitution says a person becomes eligible to be elected, if he/she has been an ordinary resident for the last 10 years.

Persad-Bissessar said she got the assurance from the Government that Paula-Mae Weekes meets all the requirements which allowed the Opposition to go ahead with the green light to co-sign the nomination.

Persad-Bissessar says she takes honour in being part of a process to elect the country's first female president.

She says she also believes that Paula-Mae Weekes is deserving of the position.

"Today we have done the deed, we have co-signed the nomination. I feel very happy having done so," she said.