Jack Warner out of T&T Chaguanas by-election

Saturday, June 29, 2013

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Former national security minister Austin ‘Jack’ Warner, whose resignation as a parliamentarian on April 28 triggered a by-election in the Chaguanas West constituency, has been overlooked by the ruling party to contest the July 29 election.

Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar told party supporters on Friday night that the ruling United National Congress (UNC) will be represented in the poll by Khadijah Ameen, 32, who is also acting chairman of the ruling party, a post Warner also vacated in April.

The UNC is the biggest partner in the three-party coalition People’s Partnership government that had decided to send one representative to contest the by-election.

Warner resigned from government and the UNC chairmanship after the publication of a report by the CONCACAF Integrity Committee that had been very critical of the former international football boss.

His removal from the Cabinet followed widespread calls for Persad Bissessar to act immediately on the contents of the report of the CONCACAF Integrity Committee that was released in Panama. Warner did not co-operate with the investigation.

In announcing his resignation as parliamentary representative for Chaguanas West, a virtual safe seat for the UNC, Warner said “I felt that the proper thing to do would be to offer you my constituents, the explanation and the facts and resign as the Member of Parliament for Chaguanas West in keeping with the highest Parliamentary traditions.....”


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