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Kamla Persad-Bissessar

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Leader of the Opposition
Assumed office
9 September 2015
Prime MinisterKeith Rowley
Preceded byKeith Rowley
In office
25 February 2010 – 25 May 2010
Prime MinisterPatrick Manning
Preceded byBasdeo Panday
Succeeded byKeith Rowley
In office
26 April 2006 – 8 November 2007
Prime MinisterPatrick Manning
Preceded byBasdeo Panday
Succeeded byBasdeo Panday
Leader of the United National Congress (UNC) and the People's Partnership
Assumed office
24 January 2010
Preceded byBasdeo Panday (as Leader of the UNC)
Inaugural holder (as Leader of the People's Partnership)
7th Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago
In office
26 May 2010 – 9 September 2015
PresidentGeorge Maxwell Richards
Anthony Carmona
Preceded byPatrick Manning
Succeeded byKeith Rowley
7th Chair of the Commonwealth of Nations
In office
26 May 2010 – 28 October 2011
Preceded byPatrick Manning
Succeeded byJulia Gillard
Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago
In office
5 October 2001 – 24 December 2001
Prime MinisterBasdeo Panday
Preceded byRamesh Maharaj
Succeeded byGlenda Morean
In office
27 November 1995 – 2 February 1996
Prime MinisterBasdeo Panday
Preceded byKeith Sobion
Succeeded byRamesh Maharaj
Minister of Education
In office
22 October 1999 – 4 October 2001
Prime MinisterBasdeo Panday
Preceded byAdesh Nanan
Succeeded byGanga Singh
Member of Parliament
for Siparia
Assumed office
6 November 1995
Preceded bySahid Hosein
Majority10,141 (51.6%)
Personal details
Kamla Persad

(1952-04-22) 22 April 1952 (age 69)
Siparia, Trinidad and Tobago[1]
CitizenshipTrinidadian and Tobagonian
NationalityTrinidadian and Tobagonian
Political partyUnited National Congress (UNC)
Other political
People's Partnership (2010–present)
Spouse(s)Dr. Gregory Bissessar
MotherRita Persad
FatherRaj Persad
ResidencePhilippine, Penal–Debe, Trinidad and Tobago[2]
Alma materUniversity of the West Indies
Hugh Wooding Law School
Norwood Technical College

The Rt Hon. Kamla Persad-Bissessar PBS SC MP (born 22 April 1952[3]) is a Trinidadian and Tobagonian lawyer and politician who was the seventh Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago from 26 May 2010 to 9 September 2015. She was the country's first female Prime Minister, Attorney General, and Leader of the Opposition.[4][5] She is also the first woman of Indian origin to be a prime minister in a country outside of India and South Asia.


  1. "Kamla Persad-Bissessar". Columbia University World Leaders Forum. Retrieved 2017-08-27. 
  3. Sookraj, Radhica (26 May 2010). Kamla came from humble beginnings. Retrieved 27 May 2010. 
  4. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 27 September 2013. Retrieved 2010-05-25.  PNM lose to Peoples Partnership in Trinidad elections 2010]. 24 May 2010.
  5. Skard, Torild (2014) "Kamla Persad-Bissessar" in Women of power – half a century of female presidents and prime ministers worldwide, Bristol: Policy Press

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    ISBN 978-1-44731-578-0, pp. 271–3

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