Trinidad and Tobago`s First President Passes On

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CaribWorldNews, PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Mon. Jan. 3, 2010: Trinidad and Tobago`s first President, Sir Ellis Clarke, has passed away at the ripe old age of 93.

Sir Ellis reportedly passed away from a stroke he suffered a month ago. He was the last Governor-General of Trinidad and Tobago before it became a republic in 1976.

He then assumed the largely ceremonial role as President and served for two terms before retiring in 1987.

Sir Ellis was attorney general in the late 1950s and drafted Trinidad and Tobago`s independence constitution of 1962. He also held senior diplomatic positions, including ambassadorships to the United Nations and Washington.

 

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