Trinidad and Tobago Orders Flags Flown at Half-Mast in Honor of Former Prime Minister Basdeo Panday

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – Trinidad and Tobago's government on Tuesday ordered that the national flag be flown at half-mast on all state and non-state agencies and the country’s diplomatic missions abroad in honor of the former prime minister Basdeo Panday, who died on Monday at the age of 90.

basdeopanVice President Bharrat Jagdeo of Guyana (left) and Basdeo Panday (Photo courtesy Jagdeo Facebook page)The Ministry of National Security said that the flag would be flown at half-mast “beginning immediately” as it extended condolences” on the passing of Panday, who also served as minister of national security during the period 2000-2001.

“Former Prime Minister Panday, had a long and distinguished career as a Trade Unionist, a Member of Parliament, Leader of the Opposition, Minister of National Security and Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago,” the Ministry said.

President Christine Kangaloo said she was “deeply saddened” at Panday’s death adding that  he “was a giant of a man who led this country with passion and compassion.

“On behalf of the nation, Her Excellency extends deepest condolences to Mr. Panday’s family, friends and all who mourn his passing.”

Guyana’s Vice President, Bharrat Jagdeo, in a statement posted on his Facebook page, also paid tribute to the fifth Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago from 1995 to 2001.
”May his legacy be a source of comfort, and may cherished memories bring solace during this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones and the people of Trinidad and Tobago.” Jagdeo said of the first person of Indian descent to serve as head of government here.

Panday had been ill in recent weeks, but the nature of his illness had not been disclosed.

In a statement posted on her Facebook page, announcing his death, his daughter, Mickela Panday, wrote that he died “surrounded by his family.

“In life and death he was a fighter. He passed with his boots on, keeping everybody around him on their toes with his wit and humor. He will live on in all of us, remembered as a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, leader, and friend.

“He was an inspiration to his family and everybody that knew him. We will continue to celebrate his life and treasure the time we were able to spend with him.”