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Omar Davies: I will be announcing my resignation 'shortly'

Published:Monday | May 8, 2017 | 5:26 PM
Dr Omar Davies – File Photo

Dr Omar Davies says "shortly" he will be announcing his resignation as Member of Parliament of St Andrew Southern and retirement from public life.

In an interview with The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre this morning, he declined to give the specific date.

However, he said the announcement is likely to be made in his constituency which he has represented for the People's National Party for almost 24 years consecutively.

The former finance minister had indicated that last February's general polls were his last.

Last July, Senator Mark Golding was elected the chairman of the constituency and is expected to replace Davies as the People's National Party candidate for a bi-election.

PHOTO: In this 2016 file photo, Mark Golding (centre) celebrates with supporters after winning the People's National Party's St Andrew South chairmanship. 

Meanwhile, Davies said he got a commitment from Prime Minister Andrew Holness on the calling of a bi-election in reasonable time after his resignation.

There has been speculation that Holness would delay bi-elections to replace several parliamentarians who want to leave.

Holness' JLP holds a one-seat majority in the House of Representatives.