Parliamentarian Daryl Vaz has taken leave of absence with immediate effect as the Opposition spokesman on ICT & Digital Society Development.
But he says he will remain the Member of Parliament for Western Portland.
Vaz, who appeared in court this morning on corruption allegation, has been granted bail in the sum of $250,000.
In a release to the media, Vaz said his decision to go on leave is directly related to the charge which he is now facing.
“I have taken this principled position as it is not only the correct course of action but also I would like to distance and minimize the effect on my beloved Party as this matter is strictly of a personal nature,” he said.
“I would like to assure my Constituents that I will continue to serve West Portland with my 110% commitment as I am confident of being vindicated once again in the many challenges I have faced in my public life,” he said.
Vaz also thanked whom he called the thousands of Jamaicans, family, friends and colleagues on both sides of the House for the prayers, support and good wishes that have been flowing in his “difficult time”.
“Who God bless no man curse”, said Vaz adding that he remains strong in faith.