Trinidad and Tobago: Keith Rowley and Cabinet will be sworn in on August 19. 2020

—- Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar concedes to final Election Results 2020

T&T PM Dr. Keith Rowley

[Trinidad Guardian – August 18, 2020]

President Paula-Mae Weekes will swear-in Dr Keith Rowley as Prime Minister tomorrow: (August 19, 2020). The announcement was made via a media release today.

Dr Rowley said his entire Cabinet will also be sworn in as well.

The following is a statement from the Office of the President.

“Her Excellency Paula-Mae Weekes O.R.T.T., President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago today received the final results of the General Election 2020 from the Chairman of the Elections & Boundaries Commission. Her Excellency immediately thereafter issued letters to Dr. Keith Rowley and Mrs. Kamla Persad-Bissessar enquiring of their willingness to be appointed Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition, respectively.      

The ceremony to swear-in the Cabinet for Trinidad and Tobago will take place tomorrow Wednesday August 19, at 4pm at the President’s House.

Given the most recent COVID-19 protocols, and after consultation with Chief Medical Officer, the Office of the President has had to reduce the number of invitees to witness the ceremony.

Apart from those to be sworn-in, invited to attend the ceremony are the Chief Justice and his spouse, the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House, the Chief Secretary of the Tobago House of Assembly, the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, the President of the Inter Religious Organisation, who will lead the prayer, and Mrs. Kamla Persad-Bissessar MP.”

Kamla concedes 2020 General Election

— Trinidad Guardian – August 18, 2020 – Renuka Singh

Kamla Persad-Bissessar

Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar has conceded the 2020 general election and also accepted responsibility for the party’s loss at the polls.

“You must accept responsibility for mistakes made whether you were aware of them or not, whether you had any control over them or not. And yes, some of them you make on your own – I lay no claim to infallibility. I accept full responsibility,” she said in a media release Tuesday.

Persad-Bissessar was expected to host a virtual media conference yesterday at 12.30 but a media release came one hour later instead.

This concession comes more than a week after the the August 10 election when the People’s National Movement (PNM) claimed victory.

in the days between, the United National Congress (UNC) has been busy with recounts in five constituencies.

The recount did not impact on the bottom line, which was that the PNM had won the general election.

In a media release Tuesday, Persad-Bissessar said that the “people have spoken” and leader of the PNM, Dr Keith Rowley and his party will form the new government.


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