PAULA MAE WEEKES; THE FIRST BLACK FEMALE PRESIDENT OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
Paula Mae Weekes a retired judge was born in December 23, 1958. She graduated with a law degree from the University Of West Indies, Cave Hill and was called to Bar in 1982. Weekes started her law career after graduation in the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for 11 years before going into private practice in 1993.
She also served briefly as an acting Chief Judge in 2012, after which she was appointed to the appeals court in Turks and Caicos in 2016. A staunch Anglican, Weekes was a chancellor of the Anglican Church and was responsible for their finances.
Weekes who was the only Presidential nominee proposed by the government, hopes that citizens of the country make the choice to fight the darkness threatening their nation. Stating the high crime activities going on in Trinidad and Tobago; ranging from stealing, kidnaping, car theft practices and so, Weekes in her words says:
It is my mission, mission entirely possible, to infect each and every one of you with a bright and positive spirit as we strive to turn our beloved nation into what it ought to have been and still can be
Her swearing ceremony took place on 19 March 2018 at Queen’s Park Savannah In Port Spain around 10am.
With Weekes’ inauguration, Trinidad and Tobago becomes the only republic in Latin America and the Caribbean to have a woman head of state after Chile’s Michelle Bachelet left office on March 11.