Sir Daniel acted as Head of State in the absence of Dame Cécile

Former Governor General Sir Daniel Williams recently acted in the position of Governor General for almost three weeks according to the Gazette dated 1 November 2013.

The Gazette which publishes Government information and announcement such as laws approved in Parliament; Trademarks approved by the Corporate Office of Intellectual Property Affairs; appointments to statutory bodies and other relevant Government Announcements said that the appointment was due to Dame Cécile’s absence from the State.

The Notice in the Gazette said that the appointment was in effect from 5–27 October 2013. Dame Cécile made the appointment in accordance with Section 22 of the Constitution, which says that whenever the Governor-General:

  1. has occasion to be absent from the seat of Government but not from Grenada ;
  2. has occasion to be absent from Grenada for a period which he considers, acting in his own deliberate judgment, will be of short duration ; or
  3. is suffering from an illness which he considers, acting in his own deliberate judgment, will be of short duration, he may, acting in accordance with the advice of the Prime Minister, appoint any person in Grenada to be his deputy during such absence or illness and in that capacity to perform on his behalf such of the functions of the office of Governor-General as may be specified in the instrument by which he is appointed.

Sir Daniel served as Governor General from 1996 to 2008 and was succeeded by immediate past Governor General Sir Carlyle Glean.

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