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Goodbye Saldivar

SALDIVAR RESIGNS

Tonight, John Saldivar remains in the political arena; but just like his friend and colleague, Gaspar Vega, he has no ministerial portfolio and holds no executive seat in the UDP.  It is a quick flight down for Saldivar and his political career.  Up to this morning, he was merely suspended from Cabinet. 

Tonight, John Saldivar remains in the political arena; but just like his friend and colleague, Gaspar Vega, he has no ministerial portfolio and holds no executive seat in the UDP.  It is a quick flight down for Saldivar and his political career.  Up to this morning, he was merely suspended from Cabinet.  Tonight he has resigned and is out.  The Government Press Office notified the media of his resignation just after three o’clock this afternoon saying that the letter sent to the Prime Minister states that his resignation takes immediate effect.  According to the release, he is resigning to, quote, “give himself an opportunity to get out from under the cloud of suspicion resulting from the barrage of accusations leveled against him. Saldivar says he is hopeful that he would regain the public’s confidence and Cabinet’s support once he has cleared his name.  All these bombshells in the last four days and very little coming out from Cabinet or the Prime Minister’s office has us reporting from the surface.  Today, however, we did get to speak with former Deputy Prime Minister, Patrick Faber who says he is saddened by Saldivar’s resignation.

Hon. Patrick Faber, Former Deputy Prime Minister, United Democratic Party: “Well as I’ve always maintained John and I are friends and so it does bother me to see what has now become his fate. Saldivar’s a fighter and he’s one who keeps coming back. I think they had said that about Clinton and so I wouldn’t count him out all together just yet. I believe that he is the kind of person who will do whatever kind of introspection he needs to do and he will come back. I mean I should know I have been his opponent several times and I know that he doesn’t give up so I am positive that he will do what he needs to do in order to stand strong again.”

This afternoon our newsroom received reports that Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte would be taking over as the substantive Minister of National Security.  Until an official announcement is made this information is unconfirmed.  We tried, however, getting confirmation from Faber.

Hon. Patrick Faber, Former Deputy Prime Minister, United Democratic Party:  “Of course Minister Saldivar has resigned and my discussions with the PM just now did touch on what is going to happen or what he hopes can happen to fix it but of course I’m not going to disclose that. He is the ultimate power and I might tell you something and then something changes by the time the day ends so I’d rather not comment on that and I’d rather people wait until the Prime Minister, who is the ultimate power in terms of deciding portfolios, until he speaks.”

With all these changes happening we got to speak with the Police Commissioner, Chester Williams in terms of how the changes would affect the department.

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “I do not foresee the change of minister affecting the day to day running of the police department. As the Commissioner of Police it is my responsibility to administer the police department and I remain the commissioner of police. Yes we do look to the politician i.e the minister for policy direction but in terms of the day to day running and operation of the department it is the commissioner who makes policies and strategies that would lead to achieving whatever operational plans and objectives we may have.”

If Peyrefitte is given the Ministry of National Security, the Governor-General would need to sign an order of appointment.  It is suspected that he would be dubbed the substantive Minister of National Security and Aragon will be his Minister of State, overseeing the day to day operations.  Love News will keep following these developments.

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