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Judge an ‘exceptional choice’

By Newsday Staff Tuesday, February 5 2013

An “exceptional person” is how Justice Anthony Carmona was described by veteran businessman Balliram Maharaj, former president of the Supermarket Association.

“I know him to be a person with great character. He has proven to be a better person and he fits the position of President. I have no doubt in my mind that he already has the experience and qualities I look for in a President,” Maharaj said.

He was speaking with Newsday yesterday following the Prime Minister’s announcement of Carmona’s nomination at about 6.15 pm.

Maharaj expressed confidence that Carmona, who, he said has lived life in a respectable and dignified manner, would be an ideal role model for all Trinbagonians. Noting the Opposition has supported Carmona’s nomination for President, Maharaj said he doubted anyone would object.

“I don’t think there will be any comments against that gentleman. He is an honest person and the character in his private life makes him a role model for our children.”

Maharaj added, “Trinidad and Tobago is now on the right track with the nomination of Justice Carmona.”

Fellow businessman and head of the TT Manufacturers Association (TTMA), Dominic Hadeed, also expressed satisfaction with Government’s nominee.

“We believe it’s a good choice,” Hadeed told Newsday. “The fact that he has a legal background and a good track-record in his long career makes Justice Carmona a good choice for President.”

Meanwhile, President of the American Chamber of Commerce of Trinidad and Tobago (AmCham), Hugh Howard, welcomed the news that Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley supports Carmona’s nomination.

“This is an excellent sign. It means we would avoid the sometimes acrimonious debate which can occur when political parties disagree on the presidential nominee.

This augers well for the governance of our country,” Howard stated.

Newsday also contacted president of the Trinidad and Tobago Transparency Institute (TTTI), Deryck Murray.

He declined to comment yesterday however, explaining that he had not yet “consulted the others from the Board.”

Murray said he hopes to meet with his fellow TTTI Board members later this week to discuss Justice Carmona’s nomination.



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