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National flag to be flown at half mast

By Multimedia Desk

The Office of the Prime Minister today issued a statement regarding the decision to fly the flag of Trinidad and Tobago at half mast, as a mark of respect for the passing of world icon Nelson Mandela.

The following is the statement -

The Honourable Kamla Persad-Bissessar SC, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago says the National Flag is to be flown at half mast on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week as a mark of respect for the late Nelson Mandela, the first black South African President who died last Thursday in Johannesburg.

The Prime Minister has asked Minister of National Security, Gary Griffith, to ensure that the flag is flown at half mast on all Government buildings and at schools throughout the country.

On Tuesday, there will be a Memorial Service in Johannesburg to pay tribute to South African's greatest son. On Wednesday, there will be a public viewing of Mandela's body.

Minister Griffith has invoked Article 10 of the Flag Protocol which states that our National Flag is to be flown at half mask on the day of the death and funeral.

Mrs Persad-Bissessar leaves at 11 am today to attend the Memorial Service in Johannesburg. A special Caribbean Airlines charter will take the T&T delegation to Rio de Janeiro where the aircraft will be refuelled before its onward journey to South Africa.

The T&T delegation arrives in Johannesburg at 6 am on Tuesday (South Africa time).
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