Trinidad and Tobago President proclaims State of Emergency

President George Maxwell Richards has issued the proclamation and the accompanying  Emergency Powers Regulations, 2011 — Regulations and Order — giving effect to the limited State of Emergency as announced by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar on Sunday evening.

The following is the gazette notice of the proclamation issued by the President:

“WHEREAS it is enacted by:

(a) section 8(1) of the Constitution that the President may, from time to time, make a Proclamation that a state of public emergency exists; and

(b) section 8(2) of the Constitution that a Proclamation made by the President shall not be effective unless it contains a declaration that the President is satisfied that action has been taken or is immediately threatened by any person, of such a nature and on so extensive a scale as to be likely to endanger the public safety.

Now, therefore, I, GEORGE MAXWELL RICHARDS, President as aforesaid, in pursuance of the powers conferred upon me by section 8(1) of the Constitution hereby declare that:

(a) I am satisfied that action has been taken or is immediately threatened by persons or bodies of persons of such a nature and on so extensive a scale as to be likely to endanger the public safety; and

(b) a state of public emergency exists in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

Given under my Hand and the Seal of the President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, at the Office of the President, St. Ann’s, this 21st day of August, 2011.

The Legal gazette notices can be found by clicking on the links:

Proclamation Legal – Legal Notice 162
The Emergency Powers Regulations, 2011 – Regulations Legal Notice 163

The Emergency Powers Regulations, 2011 – Order Legal Notice 164

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