Tuesday, March 19, 2013

President Carmona takes office

Anthony Thomas Aquinas Carmona is the new President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. 

The country's fifth president took the oath of office just after five on Monday afternoon at a public ceremony at the Hasley Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain.

Politicians and state officials joined other citizens to witness the historic event. Chief Justice Ivor Archie administered the oath of office and then hugged and congratulated the new president.

President Carmona bowed to the audience, then in his first official duty he inspected the 96-member Guard of Honour.

When he arrived at the stadium with his wife, Reema, and two children Christian and Anura, President Carmona, 60, received a spontaneous standing ovation.
The inauguration ceremony included a cultural presentation that reflected the T&T multicultural society.

Anthony Carmona was born on 7 March 1953. The Fyzabad native attended the University of the West Indies and the Hugh Wooding Law School between 1973 and 1983. 

In 1989, he became a Senior State Attorney. From 1994 to 1999, he was first Assistant then Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions. 

From 2001 to 2004, he was an Appeals Counsel at the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha. In 2004, he was appointed a High Court Judge at the Supreme Court of Trinidad and Tobago.

On 12 December 2011, he was elected as a judge of the International Criminal Court. He won the office in the first ballot in the Assembly of States Parties with 72 of 104 votes with 70 votes needed. He gave up that position to accept the post of Head of State of Trinidad & Tobago.

JYOTI extends congratulations to President CARMONA and God speed as he undertakes his new responsibility

(photos for this story from the Express and Guardian newspapers)

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