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Redwood gives up Senate presidency today

Friday, May 10, 2013 | 2:11 PM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — President of the Senate Rev Stanley Redwood is expected to demit office at the end of Friday’s sitting.

Senator Redwood was appointed president in January 2012, when the People’s National Party (PNP) took office following the party’s December 2011 election victory, replacing the Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) Oswald Harding.

He is expected to emigrate to Canada with his family following his resignation.

In a recent statement to the Jamaica Observer, Redwood said that his decision to resign was a “reasoned family decision".

"I am cognisant of the fact that this decision will inevitably disrupt my service as president of the Senate. I harbour a great deal of ambivalence and reticence in this regard. I am certain, however, that this move will open new doors and create more opportunities for me to continue to serve my beloved country among the growing Jamaican Diaspora in Canada,” he told the Observer.

There is still no indication who will replace Redwood.

— Balford Henry

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