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Shine your light, Madam President

President Paula Mae Weekes waves to the audience following her inauguration. Photo: Elmco Griffith.

by Vernon Khelawan

Trinidad and Tobago has had five Presidents— all male until now. The sixth is Her Excellency Paula-Mae Weekes. This column takes great pleasure and is ecstatically proud in welcoming her to the highest office in the land.

Coming into office at this juncture, when everything seems to be lost, she brings to the entire country more than a glimmer of hope. Rather, she is like a light in the darkness which ominously blankets our once almost pristine tropical paradise. She is a beacon of hope, not by being the stern personality she was in her judicial capacity, but by being a warm and all-embracing leader, something which is sorely lacking today.

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