Keith Rowley Sworn in as Prime Minister
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.