Last Friday, House Speaker Bridgid Annisette-George announced that retired judge Paula Mae Weekes is now the President-elect of Trinidad and Tobago.
She was elected the sixth president in the same week that the country said farewell to former president George Maxwell Richards.
The announcement was met with considerable goodwill from the population. The Opposition did not nominate anyone and in fact fully supported the Government’s nominee in the belief that the new President would perform her duties with the utmost independence, impartiality and integrity.
Prime Minister Keith Rowley, who has in the past made controversial comments relating to women, heaped praise on the President-elect as T&T’s first female Head of State.