Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has offered condolences on the passing of former President George Maxwell Richards, saying Trinidad and Tobago has lost a much-loved son of the soil.
Maxwell-Richards passed Monday night from a heart attack.
The following is the prime minister's statement;
"It is with great sadness that I received news this evening of the passing of former President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago Professor George Maxwell Richards TC, CM.
The Parliament has confirmed that one nominee, Paula Mae-Weekes will face the Electoral College on Friday for the post of President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, after both members of the Government and the Opposition agreed to Justice Paula-Mae Weekes.
Fourteen members of the Government and Opposition signed the nomination paper.
The following is a statement by the Parliament;
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.
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.