Keith Rowley becomes T&T’s 7th prime ministerWednesday, September 09, 2015
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — Dr Keith Christopher Rowley was yesterday sworn in as the seventh prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago, two days after he led his People's National Movement (PNM) to victory in the general election.
Rowley, meanwhile, renewed his pledge to be a head of Government for all the people of this multi-racial oil-rich twin island republic.
In a ceremony lasting just under 30 minutes, retired Chief of Staff of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force Major Edmund Dillon was sworn in as the new minister of national security, while attorney Faris Al Rawi took the oath of office as attorney general before President Anthony Carmona at Queen's Hall, on the outskirts of the capital.
Rowley later told reporters that the rest of the Cabinet would be announced tomorrow.
The PNM won 23 of the 41 seats in the National Assembly in Monday's general election, ousting the coalition People's Partnership that was led by Kamla Persad- Bissessar, the first woman to ever head a Government here.
Rowley, who was accompanied by his wife, told the guests, that also included the Chief Justice Ivor Archie, that "today as I embark upon this exercise... I have the responsibility for all the people of Trinidad and Tobago to manage their affairs".
He told the audience that, "We have a lot to be thankful for, we have a lot to be grateful for...and let us try and remember who put us on this path and what is expected of us.
"If we take this approach, life in Trinidad and Tobago will be much more pleasurable," he said. "I want to thank Almighty God for bringing me from Mason Hall (in Tobago) to Diego Martin...and all over Trinidad and Tobago to be of service to the people of Trinidad and Tobago," he added.
Rowley, 66, a volcanologist, also thanked those whom he said had raised him in a Christian belief, and also "those who helped me along the way...and who gave me the advice...you have an opportunity, take it, behave yourself and make good".
"So today I give you the assurance the team that we put in place in Trinidad and Tobago will make every effort to ensure that whatever we have available to us, it is the best opportunity to be the best it can be," he said.
"Thank you, thank you Trinidad and Tobago. We are about service and we will serve to the best of our ability."
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