Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley’s first day in office was marred by a serious breach of protocol by the Office of the President, which has responsibility for arrangements for the swearing-in.
That breach resulted in Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi and National Security Minister retired Major General Edmund Dillon having to take their oaths of office a second time in a closed-door ceremony at the President’s office.
The second taking of the oath was done out of an abundance of caution and to correct what many felt was a constitutional error.
At the swearing-in ceremony earlier in the day, the Prime Minister, the National Security Minister and Attorney General took their oaths of office at Queen’s Hall. However, the Office of the President broke tradition by changing the sequence and having the two ministers sworn in before the Prime Minister.