Female advocates congratulate new T&T PM

Kamla Persad-Bissessar. * Guardian newspaper

(DNO) Female advocates here have been congratulating Trinidad’s new Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar’s on her victory in the recent polls.

Persad Bissessar was sworn in last week as Trinidad’s first female Prime minister.

Leader of the Dominica Freedom Party Judith Pestaina says Bissessar’s victory in the elections signals a milestone for Caribbean women.

Pestaina has called on women in politics to take the lead from Bissessar’s victory at the polls.

“This marks a new chapter in politics in Trinidad. This is not new for the Caribbean because we have had Portia Simpson Miller who served for a short while and not forgetting our very own Dame Mary Eugenia Charles. But she is breaking with tradition in Trinidad because it is a mixed population and especially for the Indian population, there have been misconceptions in some quarters that women shouldn’t be actively involved in politics,” she said.

Pestaina said women should take some encouragement from Bissessars success.

“I know a lot of women are very timid by getting actively involved in politics. I think women owe it to themselves and communities to take on more leadership oppositions and that cannot happen without the support of the people,” she said.

According to the DFP leader, women brings something unique to politics and their contribution will be significant.

Meantime Speaker of the House of Assembly Alix Boyd Knight also congratulated the new prime minister.

She told parliament last week, that Bissessar’s elevation as prime minister is a boost for Caribbean women.

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  1. MangoSweet
    June 1, 2010


    You should have told the lady that the TnT PM is not even the second female PM in the Caribbean, but actually the third. Remember “Portia” from Jamaica?. So, first was Dame Eugenia from Dominica, then Portia from Jamaica, and now Kamala from TnT.

    May 31, 2010

    i had to correct a trinidaian lady for saying Mrs Kamla Persaud is the Caribbean Prime minister.I told her Dominica’s Dame Eugemia Charles was the Caribbean female prime minister.

    May 31, 2010

    I had to correct a Trinidadian lady for saying that Mrs Kamla Persud Bisseser is the first female Caribbean Prime minister.She did know the first female caribbean Prime minister was from Dominica Dame Eugenia Charles,she was internationally known around the globe.

  4. kimrah
    May 31, 2010

    congrats to u tnt need are change .youngcan do it oldcan do it too . please give her chance .woman run show tnt. how dont like it back off.

  5. wow
    May 31, 2010

    Firstly i have to say congratulations to the new PM in T&T, then i would like to say that the issue about the dimples is pure ignorance, where is the dimple issue coming in there, this young man has been proving his self time and time again, Dominica has not been in a better place than it is right now at this present than any other time, our economy in a time of crisis is strong, our roads are better than ever, more people in Dominica are working than ever before and this is the highest amount of students thats graudating with degrees ever, so what is the issue about dimples, Trinidad has is own issue why they choose her as there PM and Dominican has it own and we choice a very young bright man to lead our country and to bring us to success so deal with it

  6. May 31, 2010

    Women should not lead. They should only be helpers.

    The women only mess up things. but again, most of the men are in jail.

  7. fbd
    May 31, 2010


  8. Vex with them
    May 31, 2010

    Dominican looked beyond dimples and looks. They looked at performance and the ability of a young make to bring development in Dominica.

    The leades in Trinidad were above 60 so that had nothing to do with age. Also, the opposition accepted defeat gracefully and so the opposition in Dominica should do the same.

  9. Barbara Clarke
    May 31, 2010

    Let hope she will think of all the Trinidian people as one nation, and not think of her people (indians)
    only. As her race normally do.

    • Anonymous
      May 31, 2010

      So so true.

  10. Rubber Stamp
    May 31, 2010

    Eh beh the man dimples and looks really “bwilay-ing” all you, papa. Even when the story is not about him, all you haters finding some way of bringing him. And what about those from Salisbury and Marigot who had neither dimples nor looks, and the people put them in, how did they repay those people? Stop hating!!!!! And move on. Just like West Indies, all u lost already so daccor nuh, man.

  11. May 31, 2010

    Please don’t confuse the issues. Kamla had been involved in politics long before becoming 60 years old. Our issue in Dominica is with those with no political experience and have made no contributions;those who have lived off the trough until they are old and wish to seize an opportunity in the name of Feminism.

  12. well done
    May 31, 2010

    yes she win but doe put Dominica in that. nothing you doe have to say. allu will leave the dimples and looks alone. let him build up Dominica as he started. Make matter worst i’ll be reaching grandbay in 15 minutes in time to come. bye Haterz.

  13. sadist
    May 31, 2010

    dat old lady nuh?

  14. May 31, 2010

    when are we getting back a female prime minister?

    • West indian DIEHARD
      May 31, 2010

      AMEN! wen. dem kinda ZAMAN we hav dr aiont gan cut it nah! we nedd anoda MAMO!

    • For What Again
      May 31, 2010

      A las papa! Mine me!

      I goh going down that road again with another woman PM in Dominica.

      That was tooooooooo muchhhhhhh problems for 15 years and nothing to show for those 15 years . I still looking for something that older than 1995 where development in Dominica concern. To be fair , yes, d post office building with no automated sorting facilities!!! Shame and more shame. And d sea wall and d messedup Domlec light company.

      Seriously, Dominica is only making progress in the 21st Century – that is from 2004 to present. For six years straight now I can say I seeing radical improvements in the whole of Dominica – Schools, roads, new roads, improved roads, bridges galore, concrete roads in scottshead and all, pachy police vehicles, pachay ambulances, plenty of fisheries complexes that looking like whilte elephant but we can include that as well.

      I will only respect that madam if she survives the first six months, then her first 2 years as leader. For she already have a jack sprat in her cabinet that say no way he resigning a post that can conflict with his minister post.

      So Miss Lady already have problems. If she want respect fast , she must to ask all her cabinet members to write and sign their resignation letters and leave the date blank for she to date if and when she wants to enforce those resignations

      That way T&T will quickly get some stability or elase another ship will be sinking captain!!

  15. Ann
    May 31, 2010

    Congratulations to you on your achievement.

    I love it when we ladies are running things.

  16. Congrats
    May 31, 2010

    Congratulations to Mrs Persaud – Bissessar. It did not make a difference to Trinidadians that she is almost 60 yrs old, they saw past that to her maturity and plans to take Trinidad back to where it was. We need that kind of maturity from the electorate in Dominica, its time to look past dimples and looks !!

    • Power to the People
      May 31, 2010

      Are his dimples burning you? Where are yours? What has Hon. Skerrit done to you that you hate him so? Stop the hating. What do you know about Kamla? Time will tell.

      Down with all you haters.

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