Mrs. Raziah Ahmed first served as a Government Senator during the 6th Republican Parliament (2001) and as an Opposition Senator during the 8th Republican Parliament.
Witnessing the event were Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Leader of Government Business in the House of Representatives Dr Roodal Moonilal, COP leader Prakash Ramadhar and MP Errol Mc Leod, as well as UNC officials.
Dr. Wahid Ali was the first Muslim to hold this post. He served as a Senator and President of the Senate for 15 years, and (as at 2008) is the longest serving Presiding Officer in the Senate. Dr. Ali was the recipient of the Trinity Cross, the nation’s highest award at the time and was one of the founders of the Inter-Religious Organization (IRO). Dr. Ali passed away on August 9, 2008 at the age of 80.