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Carmona a worthy successor

President Max:

By Nikita Braxton-Benjamin nikita.braxton@trinidadexpress.com

OUTGOING President George Maxwell Richards chose an unusual venue yesterday to make his first public statement on the nomination of Justice Anthony Carmona to be the country's new President.

Minutes before he took to the streets of San Fernando to play mas with the band Kalicharan and Associates, President Richards was asked about Government's choice.

He said Carmona was a "worthy successor", and he was willing to give him advice in private on what was required in the office.

President Richards for the first time since assuming office, signed up to play with the south band yesterday and arrived at 3.50 p.m along with a ten convoy entourage of friends and relatives, and a security detail on the ground and in the air.

He played in the all-inclusive section God and Goddess of De Sky. Decked in a green costumes, Maxwell was accompanied by his wife Jean Ramjohn-Richards.

President Richards' term as President is expected to come to an end on March 17. He said will take a break and go back to writing.

Today, the President and his wife, are expected to be playing with Bliss Carnival presented by Tribe.

Masqueraders at Coffee Street, San Fernando, also got a chance to meet former prime minister Patrick Manning, who left his constituency office briefly to speak and pose with revellers.

Manning who suffered a debilitating stroke, has been on medical leave since January 2012.

Also visiting San Fernando yesterday were Arts and Multiculturalism Minister Dr Lincoln Douglas and chairman of the National Carnival Commission, Allison Demas.

They were accompanied by Nigeria's Minister of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation, Chief Edem Duke.

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