President-elect to serve with fairness
PORT OF SPAIN – Hinting at the tone of his upcoming tenure, President-elect Anthony Carmona has started off what he also describes as “a new process,” by paying tribute to incumbent President George Maxwell Richards. He was speaking at the Parliament yesterday after receiving his instruments of election from Speaker Wade Mark, after the electoral college’s ratification of his election last Friday.
Thanking the media for kind sentiments, Carmona said he would not take any questions since he felt, in the circumstances, he needed to invoke standards of comity and civility, given the fact that T&T still had an incumbent President. He added: “I feel, for example, sometimes, you know, we have a terrible habit of discarding the old and glorifying the new and I want to be no part of that. “I want to say how gracious a man he (Richards) has been over the years to me personally and I wish him all the best in his retirement and, in fact, I want to thank him on behalf of the wider community for the sterling role he has played during his ten-year stewardship.”
Carmona also told reporters: “So as much as I know you all want to ask questions, we are engaging in new process – a fresh breeze, you may call it. “It started here this morning with the honourable Speaker of the House doing something very innovative and in my view something very commendable, to bring a sense of governance to all and sundry. “That governance must not be a cloistered reality. It is for all and by this simple ceremony, a signal has been sent for all-inclusiveness in the conduct of the affairs in this country.”
Carmona was accompanied by his wife, Reema, and other family members. Parliament, in a statement yesterday, said the event was to present Carmona with instruments confirming his election to the office of President, rather than his instruments of appointment. Mark, making the presentation, declared Carmona President-elect. “Warmest congratulations, Mr. President-elect,” Mark added. (Guardian)