Opposition Leader, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, has described today’s meeting with Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley and his team to discuss the nomination of an individual for the position of President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago as “cordial and productive.”
Persad-Bissessar indicated to the Prime Minister that the Opposition is keen on working with the Government to move this process forward, in the interests of the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago.
One year ago, on February 1st, 2017, Justice Paula-Mae Weekes was being sworn in by Governor Dr. John Freeman as a judge of the Turks and Caicos Islands Court of Appeal.
She was appointed to serve a three-year term that would take her to 2020.
But it now appears that she will have to resign her position and return to Trinidad and Tobago to become this country's first female president.
Madame Justice Weekes is a former Justice of Appeal of the Judiciary of Trinidad and Tobago where she served for 11 years until her retirement in 2016.
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.
President Anthony Carmona has been invited to address the ceremonial opening of the International Criminal Court's Judicial Year for 2018.
A statement by the Office of the President says President Carmona, a former ICC judge, will leave for The Hague, Netherlands next week to address the ceremony.
"For the first time in the history of the International Criminal Court (ICC) there will be a Ceremonial opening at the beginning of the Court’s Judicial year, starting with the Judicial Year 2018.
It might appear as just a procedural matter, but without it, there is no Carnival 2018.
President Anthony Carmona, SC has officially declared that in accordance with Section 47C (2) of the Liquor Licenses Act, the period of Carnival shall commence at 7.00 pm on Thursday 11th January, 2018 and ending at 12 midnight on Tuesday 13th February, 2018.
The following is President Anthony Carmona's Divali address:
"Namaste fellow citizens,
The ancient festival of Divali has survived, intact and sacred through the ages, because of its core message- good over evil; light over darkness. Hindus worldwide are motivated to keep this holy tradition of prayers, lights, cuisine, song and dance alive, because, the ultimate goal is a timeless manifestation of doing good and bringing light to even the darkest corners of our world.
President Anthony Carmona has officially declared Wednesday 18th October, 2017 as the date of the public holiday in celebration of the festival of Divali.
The date has been in the public domain for several months now but unless it's officially declared by the President, it's not yet official.
A statement by the Office of the President made the announcement today, stating that the declaration was in accordance with the provisions of the Public Holidays and Festivals Act.
Kathy-Ann Waterman and Jacqueline Wilson will take the judicial oath at 1.30 pm today.
The swearing-in ceremony comes less than 24 hours after an Appeal Court panel dismissed an injunction blocking the president from proceeding with the appointments.
This morning the Office of the President released a statement confirming the appointments will take place at this afternoon.
The Office of the President says the appointments are being done in accordance with Section 104 of the Constitution and with the advice of the Judicial and Legal Service Commission.
High Court judge Frank Seepersad has granted an injunction stopping President Anthony Carmona from appointing two new judges today on the advice of the Judicial and Legal Services Commission (JLSC).
The injunction followed a late sitting of the court that ran into this morning.
Attorneys representing a former government minister Devant Maharaj sought the last-minute injunction to stop the swearing-in of two new judges.