History was made yesterday when Justice Paula Mae Weekes was elected as Trinidad and Tobago’s first woman Head of State.
Justice Weekes will become this country’s sixth president as the incumbent, President Anthony Carmona, demits office after serving a single term.
Those who served as president include Sir Ellis Clarke, Noor Hassanali, ANR Robinson, Max Richards and Anthony Carmona.
In 1972, the first governor general, Sir Solomon Hochoy, was succeeded by Sir Ellis Clarke, who became the second governor general. He continued as such until 1976, when the country became a republic and he became president. Sir Ellis was responsible for drafting the Republican Constitution of 1976, which T&T adopted when it severed ties with the British monarchy except as a member of the Commonwealth.