Politics of Trinidad and Tobago
|President||Anthony Carmona||Independent||18 March 2013|
|Prime Minister||Kamla Persad-Bissessar||People's Partnership||26 May 2010|
The President is elected by an electoral college, which consists of the members of the Senate and House of Representatives, for a five-year term. The Prime Minister is appointed by the President from among the members of Parliament; following legislative elections, the person with the most support among the elected members of the House of Representatives is appointed Prime Minister, usually the leader of the winning party. The cabinet is appointed from among the Members of Parliament, which constitutes elected Members of the House of Representatives and appointed Members of the Senate
Cabinet ministers of Trinidad and Tobago
- Prime Minister: Kamla Persad-Bissesar
- Attorney-General: Garvin Nicholas
- Minister of Foreign Affairs: Winston Dookeran
- Minister of Finance and the Economy: Larry Howai
- Minister of National Security: Carl Alfonso
- Minister of Trade and Investment: Vasant Bharath
- Minister of Local Government: Marlene Coudray
- Minister of Education: Dr. Tim Gopeesingh
- Minister of Works and Infrastructure: Surujrattan Rambachan
- Minister of Transport: Stephen Cadiz
- Minister of Health: Dr. Fuad Khan
- Minister of Food Production: Devant Maharaj
- Minister of Public Administration: Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan
- Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs: Prakash Ramadhar
- Minister of Communications: Vasant Bharath
- Minister of Tourism: Gerald Hadeed
- Minister of Community Development: Winston Peters
- Minister of the Arts and Multiculturalism: Dr. Lincoln Douglas
- Minister of Housing and Urban Development: Dr. Roodal Moonilal
- Minister of Lands and Marine Affairs: Jairam Seemungal
- Minister of Environment and Water Resources: Ganga Singh
- Minister of Planning: Dr. Bhoendradatt Tewarie
- Minister of Energy: Kevin Ramnarine
- Minister of Labour: Errol MacLeod
- Minister of the People and Social Development: Christine Newallo-Hosein
- Minister of Public Utilities: Nizam Baksh
- Minister of Tertiary Education: Fazal Karim
- Minister of Science and Technology: Dr. Rupert Griffith
- Minister of Gender, Youth and Child Development: Clifton De Coteau
- Minister of Sports: Brent Sancho
- Minister of Tobago Development: Dr. Delmond Baker
- Minister of National Diversity and Social Integration: Rodger Samuel
- Minister in the Ministry of Finance: Rudranath Indarsingh
- Minister in the Ministry of the People and Social Development Vernella Alleyne-Toppin
- Minister in the Ministry of Gender, Youth and Child Development: Stacy Roopnarine
- Minister in the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources: Ramona Ramdial
- Minister in the Ministry of National Security: Kwasi Mutema
The Parliament of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago has two chambers. The House of Representatives has 41 members, elected for a five-year term in single-seat constituencies. The Senate has 31 members: 16 Government Senators appointed on the advice of the Prime Minister, six Opposition Senators appointed on the advice of the Leader of the Opposition and nine Independent Senators appointed by the President to represent other sectors of civil society.
Political parties and elections
|People's Partnership Coalition||432,026||59.81||29|
|People's National Movement||285,354||39.50||12|
|New National Vision||1,998||0.27||0|
|Total valid (turnout 69.45%)||719,727||100.00||41|
The country's highest court is the Court of Appeal, whose chief justice is appointed by the president after consultation with the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition. The current Chief Justice of Trinidad and Tobago is Ivor Archie. Final appeal on some matters is decided by the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in London. Trinidad and Tobago was chosen by its Caribbean neighbours (Caricom) to be the headquarters site of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) which was supposed to replace the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in the fall of 2003. However, the government has been unable to pass legislation to effect this change.
Trinidad is divided in five Municipalities Arima, Chaguanas, Port of Spain, Point Fortin, San Fernando and nine Regional Corporations Couva-Tabaquite-Talparo, Diego Martin, Penal-Debe, Princes Town, Rio Claro-Mayaro, San Juan-Laventille, Sangre Grande, Siparia, and Tunapuna-Piarco.
Local government in Tobago is handled by the Tobago House of Assembly.
Domestic Terrorist Organizations and leaders
International organization participation
ACP, C, Caricom, CDB, ECLAC, FAO, G-24, G-77, IADB, IBRD, ICAO, ICCt, ICRM, IDA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, IHO, ILO, IMF, IMO, Intelsat, Interpol, IOC, ISO, ITU, ITUC, LAES, NAM, OAS, OPANAL, OPCW, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UNU, UPU, WCO, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTrO
- Linda Hutchinson-Jafar, "Trinidad and Tobago sets early election May 24", Reuters, 16 April 2010.
- "A look at the People's Partnership", Trinidad & Tobago Newsday, 23 April 2010.
- admin. (2002). "Structure of the Judiciary". The Judiciary of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.
- admin. (2002). "Appointment to the Judiciary". JT&T. Retrieved 10 September 2010.
- admin. (2008). "Chief judges and Chief justices of Trinidad and Tobago". JT&T. Retrieved 10 September 2010.
- The Elections and Boundaries Commission (EB&C), Trinidad and Tobago