Senate President Christine Kangaloo has been nominated by the Government to become the country’s next President.
• The announcement was made earlier today by a press conference called by Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley at the Diplomatic Centre in St. Ann’s. Rowley said the Opposition, during a meeting, objected to Kangaloo being selected as a candidate for the post as Head of State.
• However, since the Government has the majority in the House, the Opposition’s objection will be defeated during the voting process and Kangaloo will become the next President of the Republic of T&T when the Electoral College sits.
• Kangaloo is an experienced attorney at law and currently is the President of the Senate who acts in the absence of the President.
• Currently, President Paula-Mae Weekes is on vacation and Kangaloo, who has expressed her willingness to serve as the Head of State, is the Acting the President.
The Prime Minister said that earlier today, he met with Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Opposition Chief Whip David Lee and Senator Wade Mark along with Leader of Government Business Camille Robinson-Regis and Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister Stuart Young.
• Rowley added that Senator Kangaloo would have to vacate her office as a senator and President of the Senate before her election takes place and the Government, within the coming days, will appoint her replacement in the Senate.
• Kangaloo first entered the Parliament as an Independent Senator, then a Government Senator, the MP for Point-a-Pierre, and Senate President, a position she has held for the last 7 years.