Parliament 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. As of 20 April 2021, there are only 24 female members, or 32.9%[3] and eight members born in Tobago or 11.0%.

Parliament of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
12th Republican Parliament
Type
Type
HousesSenate
House of Representatives
History
Founded31 August 1962
(58 years ago)
Preceded byLegislative Council of Trinidad and Tobago
New session started
28 August 2020
Leadership
Keith Rowley, PNM
since 9 September 2015
Christine Kangaloo[lower-alpha 1]
since 23 September 2015
Nigel DeFreitas, PNM
since 23 September 2015
Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives
Esmond Forde, PNM
since 23 September 2015
Leader of Opposition Business in the Senate
Wade Mark, UNC
since 23 September 2015
Kamla Persad-Bissessar, UNC
since 21 September 2015
Structure
Seats72
31 Senators
41 Members of Parliament (MPs)
Senate political groups
Government
  •   People's National Movement (15)

Official Opposition

Other

Vacant

  •   Vacant (1)
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
The Red House, Abercromby Street, Downtown, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Website
www.ttparliament.org
Constitution
Constitution of Trinidad and Tobago

Speaker of the House and President of the Senate


International affiliation(s)


See also


References


  1. http://www.ttparliament.org/members.php?mid=55&id=CKA01
  2. "Trinidad and Tobago Parliament". www.ttparliament.org. Retrieved 16 October 2020.
  3. "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]