A new chapter of Trinidad and Tobago history was completed at Knowsley Building, Queen’s Park West, this afternoon, when Kamla Persad-Bissessar was sworn in as the nation’s first female Prime Minister.

OATH OF OFFICE: Trinidad and Tobago’s new Prime Minister, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, left, takes her oath of office, at Knowsley Building, Queen’s Park West, on May 26, 2010 while President George Maxwell Richards looks on (PHOTO CREDIT: JERMAINE CRUICKSHANK/ Trinidad Express)

“The challenge ahead is for us to remain as one people,” the new PM declared, following the swearing in ceremony.

“One of my first acts as Prime Minister is to meet with the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) to treat with the issue of flooding.

“Tomorrow (today),” Persad-Bissessar continued, “all Members of Parliament will be on the ground visiting the various constituencies to deal with the people’s issues, and on Friday the new Cabinet will be sworn in.”

Following her speech, Persad-Bissessar called on President George Maxwell Richards to swear in attorney-at-law Anand Ramlogan as the country’s new Attorney General.

[Post update via Trinidad Express]