Jack Warner resigns as chairman of T&T ruling party

Monday, April 22, 2013

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Less than 24 hours after he submitted his resignation as Minister of National Security, Austin ‘Jack’ Warner has resigned as chairman of Trinidad’s ruling United National Congress (UNC).
Media reports said Warner had submitted his resignation hours after being removed from the cabinet.
Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar, who on Sunday night accepted the resignation of her embattled minister, had told reporters that any decision regarding Warner’s position as chairman of the UNC, the biggest partner in the four-party coalition People’s Partnership government would remain that of the 70-year-old Warner.
Warner had retained the position of UNC chairman late last year after he successfully whipped his lone rival, attorney Ashvani Mahabir, who had been backed by some of Warner’s cabinet colleagues for the post.
Warner resigned from government less than 72 hours 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 on Friday. Warner did not co-operate with the investigation.




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