Minister of Public Service in the Ministry of the Presidency, Dr. Rupert Roopnarine, has offered his resignation from the post to President David Granger.
The resignation comes just one month after the President moved Roopnarine from his post as Minister of Education to the newly created Ministerial position.
This morning, President David Granger, confirmed receiving a letter from Dr. Roopnarine, but he did not offer details on the contents. He said he intends to meet with Dr. Roopnarine on the letter.
The President said he has not accepted any resignation from Roopnarine and therefore he remains a member of the cabinet.
The President said “I received a letter from Dr. Roopnaraine, the contents of which I will not disclose but he cannot resign until I have accepted a resignation and as far as I am concerned, I have not done so”.
News Source understands that although Roopnarine was transferred to head the Department of Public Service in the Ministry of the Presidency, there were no clear responsibilities presented to him and the Department was still to be fully set up and staffed.
However, Roopnarine appeared to have accepted the new position and told journalists that he was prepared to continue serving the cabinet.
But the party that Roopnarine represents in the coalition government, the Working People’s Alliance, has been raising concern about the party being sidelined in the coalition and Roopnarine not consulting more with the party’s executive on various issues.
Roopnarine was Mr. Granger’s running mate in the 2011 elections and served as a senior member of the APNU when it joined forces with the AFC for the 2015 elections, which they won.
Dr. Roopnarine has not been in the best of health for several months, but he maintains it is not a situation that cannot be cured by a bit of rest.