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PM Accepts Minister’s Letter Of Resignation

Mahendra Reddy yesterday resigned as Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts. He was charged by FICAC for one count of bribery and one count of undue influence. In a letter
06 Jul 2017 10:13
PM Accepts Minister’s  Letter Of Resignation
Dr. Mahendra Reddy, Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts and National Archives outside Magistrates Court in Suva on June 04, 2017. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Mahendra Reddy yesterday resigned as Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts.

He was charged by FICAC for one count of bribery and one count of undue influence.

In a letter by Reddy to the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, he said he had opted to resign to preserve the reputation of Government.

Below is the statement from the Prime Minister:

“I have today received the following letter from the Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts, the Honourable Dr. Mahendra Reddy:

“In order to preserve the reputation of Government, I wish to step aside by resigning as Minister for Education, Heritage, Arts and National Archives of Fiji while the charges laid by FICAC against me are heard. This is a private matter and I need to clear my name without causing a distraction from the great work the FijiFirst Government is doing for the Fijian people.”

“In accordance with the Constitution, I have accepted the resignation by the Honourable Dr. Mahendra Reddy as the Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts.

“I shall announce the appointment of an Acting Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts in due course.

“Until the charges laid by FICAC are determined by the Court, the Honourable Dr. Mahendra Reddy shall remain as a Member of Parliament.”

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