Coordinates: 10°39′11″N 61°30′42″W / 10.65306°N 61.51167°W / 10.65306; -61.51167

Parliament of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
12th Republican Parliament
Coat of arms or logo
Logo
Logo of the Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago
Type
Type
HousesSenate
House of Representatives
History
Founded31 August 1962
(60 years ago)
Preceded byLegislative Council of Trinidad and Tobago
New session started
28 August 2020
Leadership
Paula-Mae Weekes, Independent
since 19 September 2018
Keith Rowley, PNM
since 9 September 2015
Christine Kangaloo[a]
since 23 September 2015
Muhammad Yunus Ibrahim, PNM
since 22 March 2022
Bridgid Annisette-George[b]
since 23 September 2015
Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives
Esmond Forde, PNM
since 23 September 2015
Kamla Persad-Bissessar, UNC
since 23 September 2015
Structure
Seats72
31 Senators
41 Members of Parliament (MPs)
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Senate political groups
Government
  •   People's National Movement (16)

Official Opposition

Other

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House of Representatives political groups
Government

Official Opposition

Elections
Appointment by the president on advice of the prime minister (16), at her discretion (9) and opposition leader (6)
First-past-the-post
10 August 2020
2025
Meeting place
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The Red House, Abercromby Street, Downtown, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Website
www.ttparliament.org
Constitution
Constitution of Trinidad and Tobago

The Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago is the legislative branch of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago. The Parliament is bicameral. Besides the President of Trinidad and Tobago, it is composed of the House of Representatives, which is composed of the Speaker of the House of Representatives in addition to 41 directly elected members serving a five-year term in single-seat constituencies, and the Senate which has 31 members appointed by the President: 16 Government Senators appointed on the advice of the Prime Minister, 6 Opposition Senators appointed on the advice of the Leader of the Opposition and 9 Independent Senators appointed by the President to represent other sectors of civil society. It is at present the only parliament in the world with an incumbent female President, President of the Senate, Speaker of the House of Representatives and Leader of the Opposition and made history by appointing the Caribbean's first and only transgender parliamentarian on 15 February 2022.[3][4][5][6] As of 20 April 2021, there are only 24 female members, or 32.9%[7] and eight members born in Tobago or 11.0%.

Speaker of the House and President of the Senate

International affiliation(s)

See also

References

  1. ^ "Trinidad and Tobago Parliament".
  2. ^ "Trinidad and Tobago Parliament". www.ttparliament.org. Retrieved 16 October 2020.
  3. ^ "De Souza makes history in Senate". Trinidad Express Newspapers. Retrieved 2022-02-18.
  4. ^ "Jowelle De Souza makes history as the first trans woman sworn into the Senate". IzzSo - News travels fast !!. 2022-02-15. Retrieved 2022-02-18.
  5. ^ "History in Senate: Transgender De Souza Appointed Temporary UNC Senator". AZP News. 2022-02-16. Retrieved 2022-02-18.
  6. ^ "Jowelle De Souza on Senate appointment: Trinidad and Tobago maturing to accept different people". Trinidad and Tobago Newsday. 2022-02-16. Retrieved 2022-02-18.
  7. ^ "Monthly ranking of women in national parliaments". Parline: the IPU’s Open Data Platform. Retrieved 2021-04-21.

Notes

  1. ^ Kangaloo was elected President of the Senate under the nomination of the PNM. However, the position of Senate President is officially one without political affiliation.[1]
  2. ^ Annisette-George was elected Speaker of the House of Representatives under the nomination of the PNM. However, the position of Speaker of the House of Representatives is officially one without political affiliation.[2]