Keith Row­ley Sworn in as Prime Min­is­ter

The Star (St. Lucia) - - REGIONAL -

Prime Min­is­ter Dr Keith Row­ley’s first day in of­fice was marred by a se­ri­ous breach of pro­to­col by the Of­fice of the Pres­i­dent, which has re­spon­si­bil­ity for ar­range­ments for the swear­ing-in.

That breach re­sulted in At­tor­ney Gen­eral Faris Al-Rawi and Na­tional Se­cu­rity Min­is­ter re­tired Ma­jor Gen­eral Ed­mund Dil­lon hav­ing to take their oaths of of­fice a sec­ond time in a closed-door cer­e­mony at the Pres­i­dent’s of­fice. The sec­ond tak­ing of the oath was done out of an abun­dance of cau­tion and to cor­rect what many felt was a con­sti­tu­tional er­ror.

At the swear­ing-in cer­e­mony the Prime Min­is­ter, the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Min­is­ter and At­tor­ney Gen­eral took their oaths of of­fice at Queen’s Hall, St. Ann’s. How­ever, the Of­fice of the Pres­i­dent broke tra­di­tion by chang­ing the se­quence and hav­ing the two min­is­ters sworn in be­fore the Prime Min­is­ter.

The Dr. Keith Row­ley-led Peo­ple’s Na­tional Move­ment cap­tured 23 of the 41 con­stituen­cies to win the Gen­eral Elec­tion held on Mon­day Septem­ber 7 in Trinidad and Tobago. Since 2010 the PNM had been in op­po­si­tion with 12 seats.

The Peo­ple’s Part­ner­ship, who formed the gov­ern­ment over the past five years with 29 of the 41 seats, this time won 18 seats and will now be on the op­po­si­tion bench.

The In­de­pen­dent Lib­eral Party led by Jack Warner did not make an im­pres­sion and failed to cap­ture a sin­gle seat.

In­com­ing prime min­is­ter of Trinidad & Tobago

Dr. Keith Row­ley takes the Oath.

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