Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley yesterday shot down reports that Speaker of the House Brigid Annisette-George had been offered a post as this country’s sixth president.
Government sources, however, insisted Annisette-George had been offered the post. She left yesterday to attend a Commonwealth meeting in Mauritius, which begins today.
Annisette-George had presented then President-elect Paula-Mae Weekes with her instrument of appointment in January at a short ceremony at the Parliament building.
So was the speaker of the house ever offered the post of president?
Former Housing Minister Emily Dick-Forde has a message for Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, "Leave me out of your drama and get cracking on the serious work of national governance and development!"
Dick-Forde used her Facebook account to respond to claims made by the prime minister, that she was partly responsible for the delay in the completion of the Vieux Fort Housng project.
Dr Rowley said on Saturday that because of claims made by Dick-Forde, former prime minister Patrick Manning launched an investigation against Dr Rowley that effectively halted some housing projects.
Oropouche East MP Dr Roodal Moonilal said yesterday that neither former prime minister Patrick Manning nor the Peoples Partnership had anything to do with the work stoppage at the Vieux Fort Housing Development project. The former housing minister was responding to claims by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley that the project was stopped after Manning reported that $10 million was missing from the Cleaver Heights Project.
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.
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has options to stop Chief Justice Ivor Archie from proceeding on a six month sabbatical leave approved by President Anthony Carmona.
A decision which has caused a firestorm of criticism within and outside the judiciary.
These options include directing the treasury not to pay the CJ for the six months, or triggering Section 137 of the Constitution, something which the government has maintained it would not do despite accusations in the public domain about the CJ.
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.