The Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce says it is celebrating the appointment of President Paula-Mae Weekes, Trinidad and Tobago's new head of state.
"Her Excellency has had a long and progressive judicial career that has no doubt prepared her well for her new presidential role, and the T&T Chamber looks forward to her good governance and effective decision making," the Chamber says in a statement issued Monday.
Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar said she was moved to tears at the inauguration of President Paula-Mae Weekes and is impressed by the tone she set.
She told us that she believes the new president will make a positive difference.
With this oath, Paula-Mae Weekes has become the first female President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.
She is now officially known as Her Excellency Paula-Mae Weekes.
Madame Justice Paula-Mae Weekes takes the oath of office this morning at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain, in a ceremony which will be witnessed by hundreds at the venue and thousands of others who will view the event live on national television.
She will become the country’s first female President and the sixth of the Republic, succeeding Anthony Carmona, who demits office leaving behind controversies surrounding Chief Justice Ivor Archie.
March 15, 2018
His Excellency Anthony Thomas Aquinas Carmona, O.R.T.T., S.C.,
President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago,
The Office of the President,
The President’s House,
PORT OF SPAIN.
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley says the decision by Chief Justice Ivor Archie to stand-down his decision to go on sabbatical leave and instead apply for vacation, averted "consequences" that he was prepared to take.
The prime minister said he rejects the president's justification of the sabbatical leave.
Dr Rowley was addressing a post-Cabinet news conference today.
He said the position of the Cabinet is that there is no provision for the Chief Justice to go on sabbatical leave.
President Anthony Carmona is standing by his decision to grant sabbatical leave to Chief Justice Ivor Archie.
Just after 6pm on Monday, President Carmona dispatched a letter to the prime minister, in which the president stood by his decision.
Sources tell CNC3 the president met with a legal advisor for several hours yesterday before dispatching the correspondence to the Office of the Prime Minister.
President Anthony Carmona yesterday expressed deep concern at the 62 murders that occurred last month, describing it as untenable and unsatisfactory.
Carmona made the statement as he handed letters of appointment to members of the Sentencing Commission Board chaired by attorney Gregory Delzin at the Office of the President, St Ann’s.
The other members are anthropologist Dr Gabrielle Hosein, psychiatric social worker Lionel Remy, attorney Daniel Khan and business consultant Joanne Murray-Charles.
Two other members will be appointed shortly.