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The Hon. Dr. Keith Christopher Rowley MP (born 24 October 1949) is the current Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, in office since September 2015.[2] He has led the People's National Movement (PNM) since May 2010 and was Leader of the Opposition from 2010 to 2015. He has also served as the Member of the House of Representatives for Diego Martin West since 1991.[3] He is a volcanologist who obtained his doctorate in geology, specializing in geochemistry.[4]


Keith Christopher Rowley

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8th Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago
Assumed office
9 September 2015
PresidentAnthony Carmona
Paula-Mae Weekes
Preceded byKamla Persad-Bissessar
Leader of the Opposition
In office
4 June 2010 – 9 September 2015
Prime MinisterKamla Persad-Bissessar
Preceded byKamla Persad-Bissessar
Succeeded byKamla Persad-Bissessar
Leader of the People's National Movement
Assumed office
26 May 2010
Preceded byPatrick Manning
Member of Parliament
for Diego Martin West
Assumed office
1991
Preceded byMargaret Olive Hector
Majority8,710 (53%)
Personal details
Born
Keith Christopher Rowley

(1949-10-24) 24 October 1949 (age 69)
Mason Hall, Saint George, Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago
Political partyPeople's National Movement
Spouse(s)Sharon Rowley
ResidencePrime Minister’s Residence, La Fantasie Road, St. Ann’s, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago[1]
Alma materUniversity of the West Indies

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CareerEdit

Rowley was a pupil of Bishop's High School, Tobago, and graduated from the University of the West Indies (Mona). He holds a graduate degree in geology, specializing in geochemistry.[5] He first served in Parliament as an Opposition Senator from 1987 to 1990 (3rd Parliament). Subsequently, he was appointed as Minister of Agriculture, Land and Marine Resources (4th Parliament), Minister of Planning and Development and Minister of Housing (8th Parliament) and Minister of Trade and Industry (9th Parliament).

Leader of the OppositionEdit

Following the People's National Movement's defeat in the 2010 general election, Rowley was appointed as Leader of the Opposition.[6] Rowley has served on several parliamentary committees. In 2004, he chaired the Joint Select Committee of Parliament which examined and made recommendations for the live broadcasting of parliamentary debates.

Prime MinisterEdit

Rowley led the People's National Movement in the September 2015 general election, in which his party secured 23 out of 41 seats in the House of Representatives to form the government, defeating the previous People's Partnership coalition government. On 9 September 2015, Rowley was sworn in as Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago by President Anthony Carmona, and is credited for revival of the local natural gas sector and laying groundwork for further oil and gas exploration, the largest economic sector of Trinidad and Tobago.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

Rowley is married to Sharon Rowley. He is the father of four children, two sons and two daughters.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Dr Rowley and Family Move into Prime Minister's Official Residence", Office of the Prime Minister, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, 5 December 2015.
  2. ^ Linda Hutchinson-Jafar, "Trinidad's new prime minister, Keith Rowley, sworn in", Reuters Canada, 9 September 2015.
  3. ^ "Current Members of the House of Representatives > The Honourable Dr. Keith Rowley, MP". Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago. Retrieved 25 June 2010.
  4. ^ "Political Leader - Dr. Keith Rowley", PNM.
  5. ^ "People's National Movement Trinidad and Tobago - Political Leader - Dr. Keith Rowley". www.pnm.org.tt. Retrieved 2016-12-18.
  6. ^ Julien, Joel (1 July 2010). "Manning skips Rowley swearing-in". Trinidad Express Newspaper. Archived from the original on 16 June 2011. Retrieved 5 July 2010.
  7. ^ "Rowley sworn in as T&T PM", Stabroek News, 9 September 2015.

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Patrick Manning
Leader of the People's National Movement
2010–present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Kamla Persad-Bissessar
Leader of the Opposition
2010–2015
Succeeded by
Kamla Persad-Bissessar
Preceded by
Kamla Persad-Bissessar
Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago
2015–present
Incumbent