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Full list of T&T People's Partnership ministers who quit or were fired
Former Sports Minister Anil Roberts became the third MP to resign under the People’s Partnership Government on Thursday.
He was also the 20th person to leave office under controversial circumstances since 2010.
Roberts, whose resignation on Thursday morning was announced by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, left office under a cloud of speculation regarding his role in the now defunct Life Sport Programme which was run by his ministry.
Though Roberts stated that his resignation included his seat in Parliament, there would not be a by-election as the resignation has come in the last session of the Parliament.
An audit into the programme unearthed fraud, theft, financial discrepancies and corrupt practices.
Of the 20 people thrust out of the Government, Roberts was the fifth resignation.
He was preceeded by former Tourism Minister Chandresh Sharma, former Senator Terrence Baynes, former Vice President of the Senate Lyndira Oudit and former Works Minister Jack Warner.
In addition, four Government Ministers were fired by Persad-Bissessar.
In 2011, former Minister of Planning Mary King was fired amid allegations of a conflict of interest in the awarding of a contract at her ministry.
Collin Partap, a minister in the Ministry of National Security was fired after failing to take a breathalyser test near a popular nightclub.
Former Justice Minister Herbert Volney was fired after it was alleged that he mislead the Parliament in the Section 34 fiasco, and former Minister of the People Glenn Ramadharsingh was fired after inappropriate conduct on a Caribbean Airlines flight from Tobago to Trinidad.
A total of eleven other ministers lost their portfolio as the result of cabinet reshuffles.