Trinidad and Tobago. According to
Countryaah.com, the country got its first female
president when lawyer Paula-Mae Weekes swore oath in March.
She thus became the total sixth president since the
transition to the Republic of 1976.
Prime Minister Keith Rowley conducted a government reform
in April and then another in early August. Among other
things, Rowley himself left the extra post as Minister of
Housing, which he took over in April. In October, a
three-day protest march was held in which participants
demanded that Rowley's government resign. The
dissatisfaction was mainly based on the decision to close
down a large oil refinery that employed several thousand
In April, Judge Devindra Rampersad ruled that the law
that criminalized voluntary sexual acts between adult men
violated the country's constitution. In connection with
another verdict in September, he pointed out that same-sex
sex between women could obviously not be illegal either. The
government stated that it intended to appeal the verdict.