EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Ganga Persaud to remain a Member of Parliament, says decision was not immediate

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Ganga Persaud taking the oath of office as Local Government Minister in 2011.
Ganga Persaud taking the oath of office as Local Government Minister in 2011.

[www.inewsguyana.com]Minister of Local Government and Regional Development, Ganga Persaud during an exclusive interview with iNews today, following the announcement of his resignation stated that the decision was not an immediate one.

He revealed that he was thinking about this course of action for several months, and had indicated on more than one occasion, the same to his boss, President Donald Ramotar.

Persaud said “fortunately” the president this morning (Thursday, January 23) accepted his request to step down.

Questioned about the reason for the resignation, Persaud said it has to do with his personal life and the demands therein.

He said there are many things to be done in his personal life, all of which were being put on hold as he fulfills his ministerial duties.

However, when he examined his schedule for the next few years, he decided that he could no longer handle the job as it was preventing his from fulfilling his private and other obligations.

Ganga Persaud assumed the office of local government minister following the 2011 elections. He had previously served as Permanent Secretary at different ministries including education. With regards to the vacancy Persaud’s resignation has created, iNews was informed that Norman Whittaker will be assuming full responsibility of the ministry.

In the meantime, Ganga Persaud will continue to serve as a Member of Parliament. Asked about his future, Persaud said he has several options to ponder, including options from the public and private sectors.

With regards to his role within the People’s Progressive Party, he said that will remain intact throughout this life.

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