Judge gets the nod

Prime Minister Kamla Persad- Bissessar signs the presidential nomination papers yesterday.
Prime Minister Kamla Persad- Bissessar signs the presidential nomination papers yesterday.

PORT OF SPAIN – Justice Anthony Thomas Aquinas Carmona will be elected the fifth President of Trinidad and Tobago on February 15.

Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar yesterday hailed Carmona as a “distinguished son of the soil”, naming him as the Government’s nominee to succeed President George Maxwell Richards.

The President is elected by the Electoral College which is comprised of the members of the House of Representatives and the Senate.

Carmona’s rise to the presidency is ensured with the People’s Partnership’s majority in Parliament.

The Prime Minister made the announcement at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann’s, around 6 p.m. yesterday.

Persad-Bissessar emphasised that there was great consultation and deliberation on the country’s new President.

The Prime Minister earlier met with Opposition Leader Dr. Keith Rowley and his team who proposed Caribbean Court of Justice Judge Rolston Nelson for President.

The Prime Minister then met with Government members, including leaders of the People’s Partnership coalition and parliamentarians, who all had the opportunity to express their view on the choice for President.

“Fellow citizens, I have the honour and immense pride to have advised his excellency Prof George Maxwell Richards to advise the honorable Chief Justice Mr. Ivor Archie and to advise the honourable Leader of the Opposition Dr Keith Rowley that the Government of Trinidad and Tobago formerly proposes the name of Mr. Justice Anthony Thomas Aquinas Carmona, Senior Counsel, as the nominee for the post of President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago,” said Persad-Bissessar.

Sound candidates

“I am proud to say that from the bosom of our citizenry there were many sound candidates recommended, each in his or her own right eminently qualified for the post,” said Persad-Bissessar, adding that she took into consideration the suggestions from all.

The Prime Minister noted that far from being a mere ceremonial post, the office and role of the President “is in fact the measure of democracy in our nation, the guidepost of our humanity, wisdom, civility, rationality, compassion, intelligence and progress as we uphold and respect our democratic principles of equality for all”. (Express)

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