The 11th inauguration ceremony of the Tobago House of Assembly. Photo/Facebook
By Sue-Ann Wayow
THE current political situation in Tobago is unprecedented with a tie between the two major political parties after Monday’s Tobago House of Assembly (THA) elections.
But President Paula-Mae Weekes said this may not be a bad thing.
She was delivering a brief address at the 11th Inauguration ceremony of the THA on Thursday. The short ceremony was held at the Magdelena Grand Beach Resort.
The Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) led by Watson Duke was able to weaken the People’s National Movement (PNM) headed by Tobago Council’s leader Tracy Davidson-Celestine stronghold on the island in a 6-6 ties in the THA election held on Monday.
Weekes said, “Over the past year, the word unprecedented has become quite current. One of course because of the pandemic also because of the events going on the political life of the United States of America, and you know Trinidad and Tobago is never to be left out of a global trend and therefore we now have an unprecedented event in Tobago.”
She continued, “But the word unprecedented is not a bad word. Of course it brings with it its challenge and trials, but it also brings opportunities, opportunities to reimagine and reengineer how we do business and it gives us a wonderful opportunity to think whether or not, we can serve better.”
Taking up their roles in the assembly are Farley Augustine, Dr Faith B Yisrael, Zorisha Hackett, Ian Pollard, Terance Baynes, Watson Duke, Tracy Davidson-Celestine, Clarence Jacob, Marslyn Melville-Jack, Ancil Dennis, Joel Jack and Kelvon Morris.