Monday 28 September, 2020

President appoints Independent Senators

Pictured: President Paula Mae Weekes speaks at the swearing-in of Cabinet on August 19, 2020. Photo via Facebook, Office of the President.

Pictured: President Paula Mae Weekes speaks at the swearing-in of Cabinet on August 19, 2020. Photo via Facebook, Office of the President.

President Paula Mae Weekes has appointed nine Independent Senators to serve in the Parliament.

The Independent bench will feature mostly familiar faces from the 11th Parliament, except for one.

Sophia Chote SC was not re-appointed an Independent Senator, as she was unavailable for consideration.

President Weekes has appointed attorney-at-law, Evans Welch to replace Chote on the Independent bench.

The Independent Senators appointed to serve in the 12th Parliament are: Evans Welch, Paul Richards, Dr Varma Deyalsingh, Anthony D. Vieira, Amrita Deonarine, Hazel Thompson-Ahye, Charrise Seepersad, Maria Dillon-Remy and Deoroop Teemal.

They will join the 16 Government Senators appointed: Hassel Bacchus, Yokymma Bethelmy, Dr Amery Browne, Donna Cox, Christine Kangaloo, Nigel De Freitas, Paula Gopee-Scoon, Kazim Hosein, Franklin Khan, Laurel Lezama Lee-Sing, Randall Mitchell, Clarence Rambharat, Renuka Sagramsingh-Sooklal, Avinash Singh, Rohan Sinanan and Allyson West.

The Opposition bench may see a couple of fresh faces as at least three members successfully contested seats in the general election. An announcement on Opposition Senators is expected shortly.

A date has not yet been set for the commencement of the 12th Parliament, but Christine Kangaloo is tipped to return as Senate President.

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