Grand send-off for Max
A demission ceremony for outgoing President George Maxwell Richards will be held at the Knowsley Building in Port of Spain on Sunday at 3 p.m.
The ceremony will be hosted by the Defence Force for its outgoing Commander-in-Chief.
It is being held as close as possible to the actual time the President actually demits office.
Sources said yesterday the ceremony was par for the course and had been held for past presidents Noor Hassanali and Arthur NR Robinson.
It usually takes place on the President's grounds.
Sources pointed out that the country always has a president and there was no question of an interregnum, a period in which no one is holding the office of the president.
On Monday, Richards and his wife, Dr Jean Ramjohn-Richards, will in turn host the inauguration ceremony at 5 p.m. at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain, at which president-elect Anthony Carmona will take his oath of office.
Today, there will be a "dress rehearsal" for this ceremony which is expected to be attended by schoolchildren, members of the public and dignitaries.
The Police Service said yesterday that as a result of the inauguration of the president-elect on Monday, the following traffic restrictions will be implemented: • No parking will be permitted from 6 a.m. to midnight on Dundonald Street, Albion Street, Queen's Park West. • No parking will be permitted from 6 a.m to 8 p.m. around the National Stadium, Maraval Parkway, Taylor Street, Mucurapo Road, Damian Street, St Clair Avenue. • Two-way traffic will be permitted on Albion Street between Dundonald Street and Chancery Lane from 7 to 9 p.m. • The public is advised to ensure they park their vehicles in areas designated for parking. • Vehicles impounded will be stored at the compound of the Traffic and Highway Patrol Branch at No 8 Abbatoir Road, Sea Lots, Port of Spain. • For further assistance, contact the Traffic and Highway Patrol Branch at 674-1822.