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One of the most revered and noted Caribbean political and social personalities Arthur Napoleon Raymond ANR Robinson has died. The 87 year old Former Trinidad and Tobago President and Prime Minister had been ailing for several months and passed away at the St Clair medical Centre at around 6 a.m on Wednesday Morning April 9th.

His passing was confirmed by National Security Minister Gary Griffith who said a State funeral was being planned.

Robinson was the third President of Trinidad and Tobago, serving from 19 March 1997 to 17 March 2003. He was also Trinidad and Tobago's third Prime Minister, serving in that capacity from 18 December 1986 to 17 December 1991. He is internationally recognized for his proposal that eventually led to the founding of the International Criminal Court.

President Robinson was the first active politician to be elected to the Presidency, and was the first presidential candidate who was not elected unopposed (the Opposition People's National Movement (PNM) nominated Justice Anthony Lucky as its candidate for President). President Robinson sparked controversy in his term in office when he refused to appoint certain Senators recommended by the Prime Minister Basdeo Panday following the elections in 2000 and in 2001 when he appointed the Leader of the Opposition Patrick Manning to the position of Prime Minister after a tied election.
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