SPEAKER of the House of Representatives Wade Mark has declared Anthony Carmona elected in keeping with Section 31 of the constitution and Regulation 9 (1) B of the rules of the Electoral College of 1976.
Mark in a short speech, said today marks a significant milestone in the nation’s history, “as we begin the transition from one Head of State to another”.
Mark extended warmest congratulations to the new President Carmona for ascending to the highest office in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.
“This confirms the unanimously approval by the electoral college and the national community that our democracy is strong,” Mark said.
Mark also thanked outgoing President George Maxwell Richards, “The people have a lot to be thankful. For the past ten years, His Excellency George Maxwell-Richards tenure in office guided us through important evolution and growth”.
Mark took note of the many duties carried out by Richards including: making constitutional appointments, receiving the credentials of foreign diplomats and ceremonial functions.
He added that Richards’ supported several charitable causes including victims of domestic abuse, drug rehabilitation and animal rights.
“We express appreciation to His Excellency George Maxwell-Richards for his unwavering devotion to this country and extend best wishes n his retirement,” Mark said.