PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) — Former FIFA vice president Jack Warner has formed a new party to help keep his political career afloat in his native Trinidad.

Warner said late Friday that he is running as leader of the Independent Liberal Party in a July 29 by-election.

Warner had served as Trinidad's security minister and as a parliamentarian, but he resigned earlier this year after a regional football group's ethics panel accused him of enriching himself through fraud. He denies any wrongdoing.

Warner and Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar were once staunch political allies, but Warner has criticized her United National Congress party and says he is seeking to join forces with the opposing People's Partnership.