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TRIBUTES TO FORMER SENATE PRESIDENT
Communications Minister Vasant Bharath
says former Senate president Emmanuel
Carter will forever be remembered as the face
and voice of calm in a time of upheaval.
He said that as he paid tribute to Carter
The minister said Carter "will always stand
as an exemplary citizen."
He said he was "a true patriot who stood
tall with the people of our country at a time
when leadership and calm was most need-
ed."Bharath described Carter as "a true gen-
tleman who exemplified the grace and dignity
of public office."
In extending condolences to Carter s family
and relatives, Bharath said his passing was "a
sad moment in our nation."
It is expected that more tributes will be
paid to Carter in the House of Representatives
this afternoon where he previously served as
Clerk of the House.
No funeral arrangements have as yet been
Bharath: He was
voice of calm
A true statesman whose actions
as acting president during the 1990
attempted coup held T&T together
at a critical juncture in its democ-
This is how many viewed former
senate president Emmanuel Carter.
Carter, 85, died in Miami, Florida,
on Wednesday. He had been ailing
for some time.
Yesterday former parliamentary col-
leagues paid tribute to Carter, who
they described as a "true gentleman."
Leader of the National Alliance for
Reconstruction Dr Carson Charles
said the former senate president was
"a wonderful person, really easy going
He said Carter was not a man
obsessed with his office or status.
"As the Clerk of the House (of Rep-
resentatives) he was highly regarded
as a public servant.
"As he retired as the Clerk of the
House he was elevated by the Parlia-
ment to serve in the highest office of
the Parliament. He had a long-stand-
ing career in the public service and
was very dedicated," Charles said.
Carter, Charles said, was present
to see T&T through a difficult time
during the attempted coup.
obsessed with office
Former MP and Speaker
Nizam Mohammed shared
Mohammed said while he
and Carter had their
differences when he was an
Opposition senator he
always found Carter to be "a
very congenial and
although in the early days it
was quite a task for him to
be as fair as possible under
This is why, he said, he readily supported Carter's
appointment as Senate president.
"I had the advantage of working with him not only as a
colleague, but a presiding officer," he said.
Nizam: A trustworthy individual
House Speaker Wade
Mark said he became
acquainted with Carter,
fondly known as
Emman Carter, in the
late 1990s when he
was appointed to the
He said Carter's
service began from
1948 in the colonial
secretary office's until
his decommission from
the office of the President of the Senate.
Mark said while Carter's role in the events of
July to August 1990 were already widely
recorded, he believed T&T "is a better place as
a result of his (Carter's) intervention as acting
"He was an example of the best a public
servant can be. A good and decent, religious
human being. A gentleman and a scholar who
was dedicated to the passing on of his
knowledge and experience," he added.
Mark: An example
of the best
Former NAR MP Joseph
Toney also expressed sadness
at Carter's death.
He said Carter was a quiet
and dignified person who was
cordial, friendly and helpful to
young parliamentarians like
himself at the time.
"He would always be there
to give good advice when
matters came before the
"He was a storehouse of
knowledge about the
parliamentary rules and in
my view he was always a fair president when he sat as
president of the Senate," Toney added.
Toney: A dignified person
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sent back home
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