Tuesday, February 20, 2018

I am humbled, says Paula*

Weekes receives instrument of election

LADY IN CHARGE: President-elect Paula-Mae Weekes responds to questions from the media following yesterday’s presentation of the instrument of election to the Office of the President at a brief ceremony at the Diplomatic Reception Lounge, Office of the Parliament, Tower D, International Waterfront Centre, Port of Spain. —Photo: STEPHEN DOOBAY

“Humbled, honoured...and completely terrified. And the terror has not yet abated.”

That was the response yesterday of Madam President-elect Paula Mae Weekes when asked how she felt upon learning of her all-party election to the presidency of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

Notwithstanding her awareness of the enormity of her new job and its challenges, it was without sliver of apprehension that Weekes faced the media for the first time, inviting reporters colloquially to “shoot” your questions.


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