Friday, September 20, 2013

Government of Belize Fires Junior Minister Of Immigration And Nationality

The junior minister with responsibility for immigration and border security Hon. Elvin Penner

In an unprecedented move, the junior minister responsible for immigration and border security, Hon. Elvin Penner, has been fired effective immediately from a statement issued by the office of the prime minister of Belize. 

Minister of State Required to Resign

Belmopan, September 19, 2013. “The Office of the Prime Minister announces that, with immediate effect, the Hon. Elvin Penner is no longer a Minister of State in the current Administration. The Prime Minister formed the view that, with respect to a situation brought to his attention on Tuesday, Hon. Penner, as Minister of State in the Immigration Ministry, did not discharge his responsibilities with either the due judgment and balance, or the scrupulous regard for appearances, which the Prime Minister demands of all his Ministers. As a consequence the Prime Minister late yesterday evening met with Hon. Penner and required him to resign. After discussion Hon. Penner agreed with the position of the Prime Minister. He therefore tendered and had accepted his immediate resignation.

“In a related development, the Office of the Prime Minister also announces that the Immigration Ministry, together with the Ministry of the Public Service, has launched an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the issue of a Belize passport to a South Korean national. The Immigration Ministry will make a statement in the next day or so as to the results of that investigation.”

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