Second President of Trinidad and Tobago
Born the 13th August 1918
San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago
Died on the 25th August 2006 (aged 88)
Westmoorings, Trinidad and Tobago
President from19 March 1987 to 19 March 1997
Spouse Zalayhar Hassanali
Children Khalid and Amena
A retired high-court judge, president Hassanali was the first Indo-Trinidadian to hold the office of president and was the first Muslim head of state in the Americas.
He was described as "one of the most neutral, reserved, and dignified figures in the history of T&T politics".
When he was inaugurated as president in 1987 he was described as "a person of impeccable credentials who has a reputation for honesty and humility of the highest order." As a Muslim, Hassanali chose not to serve alcoholic beverages at President's House.
His cousins include Manny Ramjohn, who was an Olympic long-distance runner, and Dr. Jean Ramjohn-Richards, the first lady of Trinidad and Tobago and wife of its fourth President, Professor George Maxwell Richards.