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Kamla Persad-Bissessar SC, MP (born 22 April 1952 in Siparia[1]) is the seventh Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, the sixth person to hold this position. Inaugurated on 26 May 2010, she is the country's first female Prime Minister.[2] [3]

Persad-Bissessar is the political leader of the United National Congress and leads the People's Partnership, a coalition of three parties, formed for the general election of 24 May 2010. She was the first woman to serve as Attorney General, acting Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition of Trinidad and Tobago. She became Political Leader of the United National Congress and Opposition in 2010.[4]

Education and early career

Kamla Persad-Bissessar attended the University of the West Indies, Norwood Technical College (England), and the Hugh Wooding Law School. She was awarded a B.A. (Hons.), a Diploma in Education, a B.A. of Laws (Hons.) and a Legal Education Certificate. In 2006 she obtained an Executive Masters in Business Administration (EMBA) from the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business, Trinidad.[5]

Political career

Persad-Bissessar has served as Member of Parliament for the Siparia constituency since 1995. She served as Attorney General in 1995 until Ramesh Maharaj was able to disassociate himself from ongoing cases and again in 2001 after Maharaj left the party. When the United National Congress formed Government on 22 December 2000, she was sworn in as the Minister of Education.

On 25 April 2006 she received the support of the majority of Opposition MPs for the post of Leader of the Opposition.[6] The position of Leader of the Opposition was declared vacant by President George Maxwell Richards[7] after Basdeo Panday was convicted of failing to make an accurate declaration to the Integrity Commission concerning a bank account held in London.[8] His Appeal is pending. Persad-Bissessar was subsequently appointed Leader of the Opposition on 26 April 2006.

Political leader

On 24 January 2010, Kamla Persad-Bissessar was elected Political Leader of the United National Congress, emerging victorious over the party's founder, Mr. Basdeo Panday. She was formally appointed Opposition Leader on 25 February 2010, having gained the support of a majority of UNC MPs.

Prime Minister

Persad-Bissessar took office after the victory of the People's Partnership in the general election of 24 May 2010 defeating the previous government of the People's National Movement, who had called an early election. She was the first female Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago and is also the first female Commonwealth Chairperson-in-Office. She was succeeded as Chairperson-in-Office by Julia Gillard with the opening of the 2011 CHOGM on 28 October 2011.

Personal life

Persad-Bissessar is married to Dr. Gregory Bissessar and has one son.[9] She says, "I am baptised in the Baptist faith. I have no specific church as such. I am of both the Hindu and the Baptist faiths."[10]

In August 2011, government officials confirmed that Persad-Bissessar had been stricken with dengue fever, and would carry out duties of the State under medical supervision.[11]

References

  1. ^ Sookraj, Radhica (26 May 2010). "Kamla came from humble beginnings". Trinidad and Tobago Guardian. Retrieved 27 May 2010. 
  2. ^ ttgapers.com 2010. PNM lose to Peoples Partnership in Trinidad elections 2010. ttgapers.com 24 May 2010.
  3. ^ Skard, Torild (2014) "Kamla Persad-Bissessar" in Women of power - half a century of female presidents and prime ministers worldwide, Bristol: Policy Press ISBN 978-1-44731-578-0, pp. 271-3
  4. ^ Staff writer (25 May 2010). "WOMAN POWER: Kamla creates history in TT". Caribbean News Agency (CANA). Retrieved 26 May 2010. 
  5. ^ http://www.ttparliament.org/members.php?mid=54&id=KPB01
  6. ^ Lord, Richard. 2006. Leader Kamla: President's move forces UNC crisis decision. Trinidad Express 26 April 2006.
  7. ^ Lawyers criticise Max for declaring vacancy Trinidad Express 26 April 2006.
  8. ^ Cummings, Stephen (2006-01-16). "Trinidad's opposition leader set to go on trial". Caribbean Net News. Retrieved 2007-02-19. 
  9. ^ House of Representatives: Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago. Ttparliament.org. Retrieved on 2012-04-26.
  10. ^ Meet T and T PM, Kamla NationNews Barbados, June 2010.
  11. ^ Brathwaite, Abby. (2011-08-16) DENGUE STRIKES KAMLA | Trinidad Express Newspaper | News. Trinidadexpress.com. Retrieved on 2012-04-26.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Basdeo Panday
Leader of the Opposition
2006–2007
Succeeded by
Basdeo Panday
Leader of the Opposition
2010
Succeeded by
Keith Rowley
Preceded by
Patrick Manning
Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago
2010–present
Incumbent
Party political offices
Preceded by
Basdeo Panday
Leader of the United National Congress
2010–present
Incumbent
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Patrick Manning
Chairperson of the Commonwealth of Nations
2010–2011
Succeeded by
Julia Gillard

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