Information Minister, Robert Morgan, says Marisa Dalrymple Philibert resisted calls from within the Jamaica Labour Party to remain in her roles as House Speaker and Member of Parliament for South Trelawny.
Mrs. Dalrymple Philibert announced her resignation minutes after 4pm on Thursday.
Her resignation follows mounting calls for her to recuse herself as House Speaker, following a report from the Integrity Commission, which recommended that eight charges be laid against her for making false declarations about her ownership of a Mercedes-Benz motorcar.
Shaloy Smikle tells us more:
In her statement of resignation, Mrs. Dalrymple Philibert maintains that the omission of the vehicle from her statutory declarations for the period 2015 to 2021, was a genuine oversight on her part.
She says considering that the report has soiled her reputation, she has decided to resign from both posts effective immediately.
Speaking on Nationwide @ 5 on Thursday, Information Minister and MP for North Central Clarendon, Robert Morgan, says Mrs. Dalrymple Philibert resisted several calls for her to change her mind.
And MP for North West Manchester, Mikael Phillips, says he was surprised that Mrs. Dalrymple Philibert has resigned as an MP.
He says that decision raises questions.
Minister Morgan sought to dispel that notion:
Shaloy Smikle for Nationwide News.