20 February 2013

Governor of Northern Marianas Islands resigns amid impeachment process

UPDATE (3): Governor Fitial resigns, effective today; (Lieutenant Governor) Inos will be sworn in at 1:30 p.m., at the multi-purpose center

The (Northern Marianas) Senate will hold a session at 12:30 noon. Senate President Jude U. Hofschneider will be sworn in as the new lt. governor at the multi-purpose center at 1:30 p.m. with the new governor, Eloy S. Inos. Ralph DLG. Torres will be the new Senate president.

U.S. Congressman (Non-voting delegate - OTR) Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan issued the following statement: 

"I want to thank Governor Fitial for deciding to save all of us the trouble from what would have been a lengthy trial at the Senate. I know this was not an easy decision for him to make but he decided that stepping down was the right thing to do. And for that, I am grateful.

"I wish Governor Inos and Lieutenant Governor Hofschneider the best as they take on their new positions. And I give them my personal assurance that I will help where I can."