Did the President ask Minister Persaud to resign?

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By Fareeza Haniff

[www.inewsguyana.com]Did President Donald Ramotar ask Local Government and Regional Development Minister, Ganga Persaud to resign?

This was the burning question put to the President today, Friday January 24 during a press conference at the President’s office. In response, President Donald Ramotar said, “I accepted his resignation.”

The President refused to answer the question directly. On Thursday, Minister Persaud announced his resignation as a government minister through a statement issued to the media. He cited “personal reasons.” However, during an exclusive interview with iNews, Persaud said that he intends to remain a Member of Parliament.

President Ramotar on the other hand told reporters that he is not in hurry to replace Persaud, whose resignation takes effect from January 31. The President also dismissed reports that there were disagreements between Minister Persaud and other ministers as it relates to the his [Persaud] performance as a government minister.

In relation to the holding of local government elections, the President said that Persaud’s resignation in no way affects the holding of those elections and it is his hope that the elections will be held this year.

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