ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Senators Malaka Parker and David Massiah will live to fight another day as the prime minister rejects their resignations.
This comes 20 days after Baldwin Spencer accused the two Senators – along with Colin Derrick and Anthony Stuart – of having “sided with the opposition”, sinking the Citizenship by Investment Bill in the Senate.
Deputy political leader of the United Progressive Party (UPP) Harold Lovell confirmed the two senators reprieves yesterday on OBSERVER Radio’s Voice of the People.
“I can confirm that senators Parker and Massiah, the prime minister looking at all the circumstances, has indicated that he is not inclined to accept their offers of resignation,” Lovell declared.
Spencer first made the announcement Wednesday evening at the party’s executive meeting. However, it has long been rumoured that Parker and Massiah would not lose their senatorial positions.
The prime minister was judicious in his address on February 22, leaving the nation to wonder the fates of the two senators.
In the interim, Parker maintained her position as Parliamentary Secretary, a job that is reliant on her being a senator, further fueling reports she would retain her position.
However, it seems the prime minister will follow through with plans to revoke the senatorial positions of both senators Derrick and Stuart.
OBSERVER media understands that the two would be served with their instruments of revocation from the Governor General’s Office shortly.
Lovell said the prime minister has yet to “confide” in him the replacements for the senators.
The CIP Bill was defeated in the Senate on February 13 and retuned to the Lower House of Monday with no changes.
The prime minister moved a motion that the Senate “reconsider the rejection of the Bill.”
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