UNC Senator resigns

United National Congress (UNC) senator Ashvani Mahabir has resigned.

The outgoing senator confirmed via text message that he tendered his resignation to the Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar today and she accepted it.

"The OL (Opposition Leader) has accepted my resignation. On official statement is expected soon. UNC PRO may assist," Mahabir said.

In a brief telephone interview, Persad-Bissessar also confirmed that she received and accepted Mahabir's resignation.

Persad-Bissessar said she would notify the President to revoke his appointment and name his replacement "shortly".

On June 1, the Sunday Guardian reported that Mahabir was set to be removed as a senator.

According to party insiders then, there was talk that a shake-up was coming and that Mahabir was expected to be re­moved from his Sen­ate seat.

Ma­habir was ap­point­ed to the Sen­ate just a month ago to re­place at­tor­ney Ger­ald Ramdeen.Ramdeen re­signed af­ter he and for­mer at­tor­ney gen­er­al Anand Ram­lo­gan were ar­rest­ed and ques­tioned by the An­ti-Cor­rup­tion In­ves­ti­ga­tions Bu­reau last month.

- by Renuka Singh


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