Eight years after the country's first female Prime Minister was elected, Trinidad and Tobago witnessed the swearing-in ceremony of the country's first female President, Paula-Mae Weekes.
Following her swearing in, President Weekes said that citizens have to make the choice to fight the 'darkness' threatening the nation.
"Our destinies are inextricably linked. Many experts beset us with dismal stories, they tell us Trinidad and Tobago is perilously close to the point of no return….that we will soon be a failed state….so what are we to do?”
“As I see it, we have two choices; we can lament, blame, criticise and allow a miasma of despair to overwhelm us, or we can consciously choose the alternative…not dream about the alternatives but mobilise our resources to step out boldly and make Trinidad and Tobago a better place for us and our children…all the while understanding that although faith is a necessity, without action it is useless.”
“Confront the darkness and declare that it will not take over…good things are indeed possible for Trinidad and Tobago," she said.
She urged citizens to create doable short-term plans to help assist their communities.
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