Trinidad and Tobago has a new President, attorney Christine Carla Kangaloo.
She was elected on Friday, succeeding outgoing head of state, Paula Mae Weekes, and in the process becoming the second woman to be elected to the position.
Kangaloo, who resigned her position as Senate President before the appointment and was nominated by the government, easily defeated veteran Senior Counsel, Israel Khan, who had been nominated by the main opposition United National Congress.
When the results were announced, Kangaloo received 48 votes, Khan received 21 votes and there were three rejected ballots.
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley in nominating Kangaloo, said that the former government minister, university lecturer, had during her tenure as President of the Senate, acted as President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago no fewer than 33 occasions.
Kangaloo is the only person to serve as both President and Vice President of the Senate. She becomes the seventh head of state and Commander in Chief.