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London: Right man at right time

By KARL E. CUPID Tobago Bureau Wednesday, March 20 2013

Noting that he was very much impressed with the “strong and courageous” tenor of President Anthony Carmona’s inaugural address, Tobago House of Assembly (THA) Chief Secretary Orville London yesterday lauded Carmona as the right man for this moment in time in TT.

“I think the vast majority of people who were at the (Hasely Crawford) Stadium left feeling that we would have again made an excellent choice for President, and I think this country has been, in retrospect... very fortunate in its choice of presidents,” London said. “And, you know, maybe we seem to get the best presidents for the time, and maybe at this point in time we need exactly that type of President.”

Speaking at his office in Scarborough, the THA Chief Secretary told reporters:

“I was impressed and heartened, and as I indicated to a number of people, I think we have a President! He came over very presidential; an individual with high ideals but who was pragmatic and who had his feet on the ground. I think that he sent a very strong signal that he is going to be a President whose primary responsibility would be to the people of Trinidad and Tobago, and that he will protect the Constitution and the rights of the people against anybody.”

London said Carmona clearly signalled that he was going to be his own man and that “he is not going to be prepared to allow anybody to bully him or to inveigle him into doing anything that goes against what he considers to be the best for the country.”

With respect to the President’s statement that he had powers which people may think he does not have, London said that Carmona, being a former judge, “would be able to interpret the law in a manner that would give him the comfort that he can do certain things in a certain manner. Because, it is very interesting when he said, ‘Powers that you think I do not have, I do.’ And I think that maybe that was a signal that there are aspects of the Constitution that maybe were not utilised to the greatest effect, but we wait and.”

With respect to any ceremonial welcome being planned by the THA for the newly-appointed President on his first official visit to Tobago, London said this was within the protocol of the President’s Office. He however expressed hope that such a visit would be sooner rather than later.

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