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Trinidad and Tobago elects first female head of state

Published:Friday | January 19, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Trinidad and Tobago President-elect Paula Mae Weekes. – CMC

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):
The Electoral College Friday elected the first woman as the sixth Head of State of Trinidad and Tobago with both Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and Opposition Leader Kamla Persad Bissessar saying she was the best person suited for the position.

Retired Justice Paula Mae Weekes, was the sole nominee to replace President Anthony Carmona, whose five-year term of office ends in March.

Prime Minister Rowley said that the former Court of Appeal judge in Trinidad and in the Turks and Caicos Islands, who is not married and has no children, had been a trailblazer and is now poised to become the first female Head of State of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.