TRINIDAD – Country could appoint first ever woman head of state

(CNS) – A Court of Appeal Judge in the Turks and Caicos Islands, Justice Paula Mae Weekes has been nominated as the Trinidad and Tobago’s choice to replace Antony Carmona as President of the twin island republic.

If appointed, she becomes the first woman to become a head of state here since the island attained political independence from Britain in 1961.

“We are hoping for a unanimous process…we all hope it will be unopposed,” said Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister, Stuart Young, adding that Justice Weekes has “heeded the call for public service and has agreed when the government approached her to make herself available.

“She is most willing to put herself forward as a candidate and be nominated as a candidate for election to be the next President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

The Electoral College meets on January 19 to elect a successor to Carmona, whose five-year term ends in March.

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