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Posted: Monday, December 4, 2017. 4:33 p.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: Today, the appointed Justice of Appeal, Franz Parke handed in his resignation from office.

Since Parke’s appointment, the opposition and other organizations had publicly denounced his appointment to the Court of Appeal for a lack of adequate qualifications.

The People’s United Party (PUP) today issued a release saying that the party welcomes the news that Parke has tendered his resignation from the Court of Appeal with immediate effect.

“At the time of his proposal to the Court by Prime Minister Dean Barrow, the PUP, the Bar Association, the Chamber of Commerce, Unions and the NGO community had all expressed grave concern because Parke, other than his friendship to the Prime Minister, did not possess the qualifications to serve,” the release states.

The PUP says that Prime Minister Dean Barrow ignored all objections made and still pushed through the appointment of Parke even despite legal challenge from the Opposition.

The PUP says it has been made to understand that in Parke’s resignation letter, he cited his decision was the result of him wanting to spare the Court any exposure such a trial would cause.

The party says that it is grateful that Parke demonstrated the moral fortitude, respect and regard for the Court and the country which, unfortunately, Barrow did not.

The PUP also expressed their gratitude to the Bar association and social partners who joined in standing against the appointment of Parke as a Justice of the Court of Appeal.

“We are at a juncture in our nation’s history where our Executive, led by the Prime Minister, feels comfortable disobeying decisions by the highest Court in Belize’s jurisdiction. We cannot, as a nation, afford any further interference by the Executive in our Judiciary,” it further explains.

As a consequence of Parke’s resignation and with immediate effect, PUP Leader John Briceño has instructed attorneys to withdraw his legal challenge since the objective has been achieved without the need for trial.

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