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Since Dr Keith Rowley secured
the leadership of the People's Na-
tional Movement in 2010 he has
been described as a "prime minister
in waiting" and on Wednesday that
wait came to an end.
After the PNM secured a 23-18
victory over Kamla Persad-Bisses-
sar's People Partnership in Mon-
day's general elections, Rowley was
sworn-in as the country's seventh
Prime Minister on Wednesday at
Queen's Hall, St Ann's.
This victory cemented his lead-
ership of this country's oldest politi-
cal party and led him to his seventh
consecutive term as the Diego Mar-
tin West MP, which he has held for
the last 24 years.
Rowley is a predominant figure
in local politics and began his career
with the National Joint Action Com-
mittee (NJAC) before he gravitated
to the PNM.
He revealed this recently in the
one-on-one conversation with
broadcaster Julian Rogers - Rowley.
Right Leader. Right Time. The inter-
view which was broadcast on na-
tional television, was one of the
main highlights of the PNM's 2015
In the interview, Rowley re-
vealed he was an avid cricket and
football player as a child growing up
in Mason Hall, Tobago, where he
was raised by his grandparents until
he left there to live with his mother
in Morvant, Trinidad, in 1969.
Rowley will celebrate his 66th
birthday on October 24.
He is a family man and is mar-
ried to attorney Sharon Rowley.
He is the father of two daugh-
ters, Tonya, also an attorney and
Sonel, a post-graduate student, and
recently became a grandfather
Earlier this year, Rowley also
confirmed that he had a son, Garth
Alleyne, who lives abroad.
Rowley attended Bishop High
School (BHS), Tobago, where he
captured the prestigious Sylvan
The PNM leader, in his one-on-
one interview with Rogers, revealed
that he was unable to attend uni-
versity immediately upon winning
the scholarship and had to work as
a teacher for a brief period.
According to his profile on the
PNM's website, Rowley graduated
from the University of the West In-
dies, Mona, Jamaica, with a BSc Ge-
ology (First Class Honours),
Geography (First Class Honours.)
He also holds an MSc in Volcanic
Stratigraphy from UWI, St Augus-
tine. Rowley is also a volcanologist.
He obtained his doctorate in Geol-
ogy, specialising in Geochemistry.
Rowley, the profile said, "is a
known nature lover, who enjoys gar-
dening, hiking and is an avid golfer."
In his one-on-one interview,
Rowley said while he had a passion
for Geography he really wanted to
be a journalist and focused his stud-
ies back then on English and Litera-
ture. However, after performing
poorly at the subjects he began to
focus more on his Sciences.
After graduating he became a
research scientist and held the posi-
tions of research fellow and later
head of the Seismic Research Unit
at UWI, St Augustine.
In 1970, Rowley began his polit-
ical education when he became in-
volved in the Black Power
movement as an activist with
At that time, he said NJAC was
not a political party but a move-
ment of people who were standing
up for a belief. But Rowley grew up
in politics and was surrounded by
staunch PNM supporters, one of
whom was his mother. However,
he said it was one of his friends
who influenced him to join the
PNM and he did so in 1974 in Tuna-
Some seven years later, in 1981,
Rowley contested his first seat for
the PNM in Tobago West and lost.
But he did not give up on his
political ambitions. In 1987 Rowley
entered the Parliament for the first
time. He became an Opposition
Senator until 1990.
He later became the MP for
Diego Martin West in 1991 and was
re-elected in 1995, 2000, 2001,
2002, 2007, 2010 and 2015.
Rowley has held various gov-
ernment portfolios, ranging from
Minister of Agriculture, Lands and
Marine Resources, Minister of
Planning and Development, Minis-
ter of Housing and as Minister of
Trade and Industry.
He was also T&T's representa-
tive Governor of the Inter-Ameri-
can Development Bank (IDB) and
Governor of the Caribbean Devel-
opment Bank (CDB).
In April 2008, Rowley's political
career hit a speed bump when he
was fired by then prime minister
Patrick Manning. He was Minister
of Housing at time and had raised
questions about the operations of
the Urban Development Corpora-
tion of T&T (Udecott) and its chair-
man Calder Hart.
Following the PNM's defeat in
the 2010 Rowley's career saw a
resurgence and he was elected po-
litical leader of the party. He was
also appointed Opposition Leader.
Path to the
Dr Keith Rowley takes his oath at the swearing-in ceremony.
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