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Present & Past Prime Ministers

Mrs. Kamla Persad-Bissessar (2010- present)Kamla Persad-Bissessar was born on April 22, 1952 in Sipiria, Trinidad. She is the seventh Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Mrs. Persad-Bissessar was sworn in as Prime Minister on May 26, 2010 becoming the country's first female Prime Minister. Mrs. Persad-Bissessar is the political leader of the United National Congress and leads the People’s Partnership, a coalition of five parties, formed for the Trinidad and Tobago 2010 general election. She was the first woman to serve as Attorney General, acting Prime Minister and leader of the Opposition of Trinidad and Tobago.

Mr. Patrick Manning (1991- 1995) (2001-2010)Patrick Augustus Mervyn Manning was born on August 17, 1946. He was the fourth and sixth Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, as well as the former Political Leader of the People’s National Movement (PNM). He served as Prime Minister from 17 December 1991 to 9 November 1995 and held that office again from 24 December 2001 until 26 May 2010. He was also the Leader of the Opposition from 1986 to 1990 and from 1995 to 2001. He was the Political Leader of the PNM from 1987 to 2010. A geologist by training, Mr. Manning has served as a Member of Parliament for the San Fernando East since 1971 and is currently the longest-serving member of the House of Representatives.

Mr. Basdeo Panday (1995 – 2000) (2001)Basdeo Panday was born on May 25, 1933 and was the 5th Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago from 1995 to 2001 and has served as the Leader of the Opposition from 1976–1977, 1978–1986, 1989–1995 and 2001–2010. He was first elected to Parliament in 1976 as the Member of Parliament for Couva North. He is the former Chairman and party leader of the United National Congress.

Mr. Arthur N.R. Robinson (1986-1991)Arthur Napoleon Raymond Robinson was born on December 16, 1926 in Calder Hall, Tobago. He was the third President of Trinidad and Tobago, serving from 19 March 1997 to 17 March 2003. He was also Trinidad and Tobago's third Prime Minister, serving in that capacity from 18 December 1986 to 17 December 1991. He is internationally recognized for his proposal that eventually led to the founding of the International Criminal Court.

Mr. George Michael Chambers (1981- 1986)Mr. George Michael Chambers (4 October 1928 – 4 November 1997) was the second Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago. Chambers was one of three Deputy Leaders of the People’s National Movement when Prime Minister Dr. Eric Williams died suddenly in 1981. He was appointed as Prime Minister by President Sir Ellis Clarke and led the PNM to victory in the 1981 General Elections.

Dr. Eric Eustace Williams - The First Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago (1956-1981)Dr. Eric Eustace Williams (25 September 1911 – 29 March 1981) served as the first Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago. He served from 1956 until his death in 1981. He was also a noted historian, and is widely regarded as "The Father of The Nation."