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In Trinidad, Warner bypassed as party candidate

June 30, 2013

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) — Ex-world football powerbroker Jack Warner will not represent Trinidad’s United National Congress party in a by-election next month.

In April, Warner resigned as Trinidad’s security minister and as a parliamentarian shortly after a regional football group’s ethics panel accused him of enriching himself through fraud. His parliamentary seat was declared vacant, and a by-election was set for July 29.

Late Friday, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar presented Khadijah Ameen as her faction’s candidate for the by-election. Ameen is the party’s acting chairman.

Warner has been a longtime fixture of the biggest ruling coalition party.

Warner is expected to announce soon whether he will run as an independent or take another route in next month’s by-election.

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