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Tuesday, 14 June 2016 20:25

Ministers offer support for Hafeez but hold firm to accountability in public life

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Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi says it’s unfortunate that his colleague Hafeez Ali had to resign as a Senator over a video that surfaced online.

Speaking to reporters at the Parliament building, he said it is a difficult time and he offered his support to the Ali family at this time.

"I'm just saddened that Senator Ali and his family would have to go through this event. I understand that being a person in public life is obviously not an easy thing and that one's every move is open to scrutiny and difficulty. So it is not something to celebrate in. Certainly this door turns very quickly and I say my prayers for him and for his family and offer him my support."

AG Al-Rawi added that the PNM continues to maintain a high standard where members will resign before being asked to.

"You will find that we hold ourselves to different standards from that which you have been accustomed to."

Earlier on Tuesday, Education Minister Anthony Garcia said once an individual goes into public office, caution must be exercised.

He said he didn't expect the incident to affect the PNM administration.

"It is difficult to separate one's private life from one's public life. In fact, we have been told once we have offered ourselves for public office, we are no longer persons in our private domain. However, an issue like this, again let me say I don't know much about it, an issue like this should not adversely affect our administration. In fact, we are doing so much. So many things have been achieved in such a short time in spite of the challenges that we face, especially the financial challenges."

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