Monday 9th January, 2006


Energy Minister to resign

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Energy Minister Eric Williams is expected to tender his resignation from the Patrick Manning administration today, CNC 3 reported last evening.

Senior government members confirmed the resignation was to take place shortly after Williams makes bail, set at $350,000, when he appears before a Port-of-Spain magistrate today to answer seven charges of misconduct in public office, CNC 3’s Curtis Williams reported.

The CNC 3 report said sources declared that the minister has little choice.

“Minister Williams knows what to do and he will do that tomorrow (today). It is sad to see him go but surely with the charges now hanging over his head it is untenable for him to continue,” CNC 3 reported a source as saying.

“We will meet as a government and deal with our business. But it shows that the office of the DPP and the police service remain free from any political influence,” the source added.

CNC 3 said sources felt Williams’ resignation would be a blow to Prime Minister Patrick Manning, who would have to find a replacement who can keep pace with the myriad of investments taking place in the energy sector.

Sources said Manning may have several options.

He may to go outside of his Cabinet to get a new Minister of Energy or take over the Ministry himself.

He may also appoint Public Administration Minister Dr Lenny Saith, Housing Minister Dr Keith Rowley or junior Trade Minister Diane Seukeran to the post.

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