Trinidad and Tobago Swears In its First Female Prime Minister

Coat_of_arms_of_Trinidad_and_TobagoThe island nation of Trinidad and Tobago sworn in its very first female Prime Minister and Commonwealth Chairperson-in-Charge Wednesday, May 26.

Kamla Persad-Bissessar became the seventh prime minister of the nation when the People’s Partnership, a coalition of five parties, took control of the House of Representatives after winning 29 out of the contested 41 seats. The People’s Partnership is led by the United National Congress, the party headed by Persad-Bissessar.

She succeeded Patrick Manning, who has been Prime Minister for 13 out of the last 17 years. He declared the general elections last April 16, two years earlier as required by the country’s law.

“Change has, indeed, come,” she said. “Today, we start the work of transforming the hope and promise of change into the reality of change.”

She previously served as Attorney General, Minister of Education and Leader of the Opposition.

Persad-Bissessar is married to Dr. Gregory Bissessar and they have a son.