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Business leaders applaud Weekes as President

Published: 
Monday, January 8, 2018
Paula-Mae Weekes

President of the Point Lisas Business Chamber Ramchand Rajbal Maraj is confident that if Justice Paula-Mae Weekes assumes the position at the next Head of State, she will make an effective President.

On Friday, the Government announced that Weekes is their official nominee for position of Head of State.

“From what I have been reading of this lady, she will be independent and give a neutral view in the role of President of the country.

“As far as I have seen, she is a no- nonsense person and I think that augurs well at this period of time in terms of what the country is facing. She will be an asset,” he told the T&T Guardian in an interview yesterday.

He added that adopting a politically independent position is important for the position of Head of State.

He said: “I think that the President of the Republic should be someone who does not identify clearly and publicly with political favours and one who does not hold a party card.”

Maraj said that given the trying circumstances the country is facing now, someone with her experience and skills will benefit the country.

“I think that we are fortunate to have her at this point in time to bring that neutrality. Even the Judiciary is in chaos right now, there are so many organs of the country that really need change and revamping of what is happening.

“People need to have confidence in the law abiding organs of the country and to being back stability, respect and order to our beautiful country.”

Ibrahim Ali, Public Relations Officer of the San Juan Business Association, told the T&T Guardian that Weekes has the credentials to become a good President, but noted that she must remain independent in her decision making and not be swayed by political sides.

“She is an excellent choice and has a legal mind. When we look at what is happening in the Judiciary, we need leadership.

“We need people of integrity in our highest offices,” he said.

He hopes that she would use all the powers that the Office of the President allows to deal with issues in the country.

He added: “Let us see if she will step out of the bounds and use what power she can to deal with the problems of the country. The Office of the President has wide powers and the President can do a lot of things.”

Vishnu Charran, President of the Chaguanas Business Chamber said Weekes was qualified for the job as future Head of State.

“The Government and Opposition, they will both come to terms on an agreement of whoever they choose.

“They would be wise enough to know who is best qualified and she seems to have the qualifications fit to be a President,” Charran said.

Weekes was named following a brief meeting with Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann’s.

Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister Stuart Young described the meeting between both sides as “productive.”

He said Persad-Bissessar’s reaction to Weekes being named as their choice was “positive, buoyant and welcomed.” However, Persad-Bissessar opted not to put forward a choice of nominee, but can do so before today’s 4pm submission deadline. The election is set for January 19 by the Electoral College.

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