In an embarrassing turn of events for Antigua’s Speaker of the House Sir Gerald Watt, the experienced King’s Counsel has now admitted that he was wrong not the accept the resignation of former St. Mary’s South MP Kelvin ‘Shugy’ Simon.
Simon resigned earlier this month but the experienced KC embarked on a media campaign on ABS to convince the nation that Simon’s resignation was of no legal effect.
Now, weeks later, in a move sure to impact his credibility, the Speaker, an experienced lawyer, says he was wrong and that section 125 of the Antigua and Barbuda Constitution is applicable to resignation’s from the House generally.
It is not clear what motivated the Speaker’s action. Attorney-at-law Harold Lovell warned the speaker that he was never required to comment on the resignation which came into effect when it was received by Watt.
Simon has maintained that his resignation was lawful under the relevant sections of the constitution and that he was not required to break ranks with his party in order to resign.
Simon has been campaigning in the constituency since his resignation.
There has been calls for the Speaker to resign.
Read the full letter from Sir Gerald below.
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