Attorney Ashvani Mahabir has resigned as a United National Congress (UNC) senator just under one month of being appointed.
Speaking to the Express by phone Mahabir said his reasons were personal and private and he continues to loyally support Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar.
“I absolutely have total faith and trust in the political leader of the United National Congress and I continue to support her in her quest for good governance in Trinidad and Tobago,” he said.
Pressed further as to why he resigned specifically, Mahabir reiterated it was for personal reasons and there was no issue or rift between him and the UNC as he continues to be a supporter of Persad-Bissessar and the party.
He said he met with Persad-Bissessar before tendering his resignation.
Mahabir took his oath as Opposition Senator on May 14.
The UNC issued a release stating that he has resigned.
“Mr. Ashvani Mahabir submitted his resignation letter to the Leader of the Opposition Mrs Kamla Persad Bissessar on Friday, 7th June, 2019, which she accepted.
Accordingly, Mrs. Persad- Bissessar will inform Her Excellency, the President to revoke the said appointment. Mr Mahabir cited personal reasons for his resignation which the United National Congress respects. We thank him for his service and wish him the best in all his future endeavours.” the release stated.
Mahabir was appointed to replace former UNC Senator Gerald Ramdeen who together with former Attorney General Anand Ramlogan were charged with corruption offences.