PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Former national security minister Austin ‘Jack’ Warner Thursday night announced his resignation as a legislator paving the way for a by-election in the Chaguanas West constituency within 90 days.
Warner, who resigned earlier this week as a Cabinet minister and as chairman of the United National Congress (UNC), the biggest partner in the four-party coalition People’s Partnership government, said he had already informed Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar of his decision.
“Let me tell you that when I spoke with the Prime Minister at her residence on Sunday I told her that if it became necessary for me to resign as Minister and UNC Chairman – which it now has – I would also wish to resign as the MP for Chaguanas West,” he told the public meeting in his constituency.
“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 in my meeting last Sunday, I had advised the Prime Minister of my thinking on this matter.
“I also did tell her that I will want to contest the by-election as a UNC candidate for the Chaguanas West seat as I am UNC to the bone,” he added.
Warner said that he would be advising the Speaker, Wade Mark on Friday that his resignation would become effective from midnight.
He said in keeping with the laws, the by-election will have to be held on July 24 “and who knows with luck, love and your support, Jack Warner will be back.
“ I know many of you are still crying and I too as well am crying but from inside where it is even more painful.
“The Prime Minister in our meeting last Sunday even suggested that even if I do offer myself up for re-election I shall win and with your help and support, I too do feel so. Then together – hand in hand – we shall set right all the wrongs that have been committed.
“We shall work together to strengthen our UNC and our government and ensure that the people are truly always the first to be served – and that they are served with dignity. I promise that come what may, I will never leave you and I will never disappoint you,” he told supporters.