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Friday, December 06, 2013
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Volney to step down Monday
Herbert Volney will resign as St Joseph MP Monday.
A two-page press release issued this morning by the Office of the St Joseph MP said the seat "will be vacated on Monday, September 23, 2013".
On September 9, House Speaker Wade Mark declared the St Joseph seat vacant after Volney had resigned from the United National Congress (UNC). Volney had 14 days to legally challenge or accept the Speaker’s ruling.
But the release suggested the embattled MP does not intend to pursue legal action, although he "disagrees with the ruling of the speaker" that invoked the procedure to declare his seat vacant.
The letter also suggests that he will not run for a second term.
"The Member expresses his gratitude to the constituents of St Joseph for their support and joins prayerfully for the election of a worthy successor."
However, he described the matter as one "of great constitutional importance" and "a cause for civil societies and the law bodies to take up".
The letter was signed by the Manager of the St Joseph Constituency Office of the Member of Parliament, Mark Dolsingh.
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