As the Anglican Church held a thanksgiving service for President-elect Paula-Mae Weekes yesterday, President Anthony Carmona was due back to deal with issues concerning Chief Justice Ivor Archie.
Weekes will be sworn in as President at 10 am next week Monday at a ceremony at the Grand Stand, Queen’s Park Savannah. She will become T&T’s sixth Head of State and the country’s first female President.
President Anthony Carmona yesterday expressed deep concern at the 62 murders that occurred last month, describing it as untenable and unsatisfactory.
Carmona made the statement as he handed letters of appointment to members of the Sentencing Commission Board chaired by attorney Gregory Delzin at the Office of the President, St Ann’s.
The other members are anthropologist Dr Gabrielle Hosein, psychiatric social worker Lionel Remy, attorney Daniel Khan and business consultant Joanne Murray-Charles.
Two other members will be appointed shortly.
President Anthony Carmona left the country this morning for Barbados, where he will deliver a lecture titled, "Youth and Caribbean Identity: Redefining Caribbean Pride for the 21st Century Youth", a statement by the Office of the President said.
A statement by the President's Office said this forum is being hosted by the University of the West Indies Student Today Alumni Tomorrow organization, headed by the Office of the Vice Chancellor, UWI Cave Hill, Barbados.
The President will return on Friday 21st April, 2017.
Security agencies are monitoring the situation following receipt last Sunday of death threats on the life of President Anthony Carmona, National Security Minister Edmund Dillon said yesterday.
The anonymous death threat was received at the Police Command Centre before noon last Sunday, at approximately 11 am, it was confirmed by police sources. The caller - reportedly male - claimed to be from the “army,” they added. The person threatened the life of the President and “all ah dem.” They also stated they were “waiting by the Savannah to offload shots for the President.”
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley on Wednesday told Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar that it is not her duty to be the defender of President Anthony Carmona, whom he described as "under siege".
Dr Rowley was speaking during the Budget debate in the House of Representatives.
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He told the House he was astounded when, as he said, the Opposition Leader accused the Government of harassing the President.