Breaking
Ramdin hits out at fake news Ramdeen calls for AG's resignation UK boost for TT's cyber security Gypsy is new Carnival boss Abdulah: Dissolved EDAB was working on pan plan, Carnival assessment
N Touch
Monday 23 April 2018
follow us
Editorial

Good luck, Madam President

Good luck,Madam President

TODAY’S inauguration of a new president marks the passing of the baton. When Paula-Mae Weekes takes the oath of office at the Queen’s Park Savannah, she will become our sixth President, keeping alive long-standing traditions under our Constitution.

The grave nature of the task, however, has not escaped Weekes who has candidly admitted to being terrified.

Yet, whether in the throes of trepidation or not, the president-elect has already begun to show signs that she is more than fit for the task. The fact that members of the public were invited to collect tickets to attend today’s ceremony is an acknowledgement – by both the incoming and outgoing post-holders – that the Office of the President does not exist in a vacuum.

Like all of our public officials, the President serves the Constitution and, therefore, the people of our nation.

Too often in the past however, presidents, who are not directly elected by the people, have been accused of wielding powers they do not have. Weekes, a retired Justice of Appeal, has given encouraging signs that this will not be the case with her.

Her interpretation of the law is as accurate as it is straightforward: she views the office being largely bound by the Executive. Yet, the new President has given every indication that she is sensitive to the moral duty she has as a public official to use her post to support good causes.

Today’s ceremony will be an opportunity for her to set the tone in this regard; to outline a kind of presidential agenda of causes and concerns which she might like to advocate for.

In this regard, such advocacy will mark something of a continuation of a tradition boosted substantially by outgoing President Anthony Thomas Aquinas Carmona.

While it is safe to say his tenure was a tumultuous one in which he too, often overstepped his bounds, at the very least he brought a willingness to speak out on matters close to his heart.

It is now for the historians to assess whether, on balance, Carmona has done more harm than good to the Presidency.

The historians will also be taking note of the fact that Weekes today becomes this country’s first female president. That it has taken the country so long for this to be the case tells us something about the journey we are on and how much further we are poised to go.

Undoubtedly, Weekes will face many challenges, including the shortage of resources at her office.

For now, we say good luck to the new president. If she fulfils her mandate successfully  and we are confident that she will we all stand to benefit

Comments

Reply to this story

Editorial

Not extempo

THE QUESTION of the reorganisation of Carnival should be about institutions, implementation and strategic direction

Show the red card

WORLD CUP 2018 in Russia is fast approaching and perhaps its arrival is triggering

High spirit

IT IS A MARK of how fraught the issue of inter-island transport has been in

A good forecast

THE MOVE to overhaul the TT Met Office’s early warning system can only put citizens

A British betrayal

BEFORE Commonwealth countries were granted their independence by Westminster, Commonwealth citizens were British citizens subject

Our rainbow nation

WHEN, a few months ago, the possibility of an attack on Carnival by Islamist terrorist