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FLASHBACK - Watson Duke takes the oath of office during the Inauguration Ceremony of the Tobago House of Assembly at the Magdalena Grand Beach and Golf Resort in Tobago on Thursday 9th December 2021.
JOSHUA SEEMUNGAL

President of the Public Service Association (PSA), Watson Duke, has offered his resignation as the head of the union, clearing the way for him to become THA Deputy Chief Secretary.

Duke, the political leader of the Progressive Democratic Patriots (PDP), was given an ultimatum by Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi to choose between his PSA role and his role as Deputy Chief Secretary of the Tobago House of Assembly (THA).

Duke seemingly has chosen to continue his political career.

In a letter written to the PSA’s Conference of Delegates on Monday, Duke offered his resignation effective December 31st, 2021.

A special Conference of Delegates is scheduled for Tuesday December 21st, 2021.

It is expected that Duke’s resignation will be accepted by the Conference of Delegates, clearing the way for him to continue in his THA role.

Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi wrote to THA Chief Secretary Farley Augustine earlier this week, informing him that Watson Duke, his deputy, was legally obligated to choose between his union and political functions.

He had warned that if Duke continued as PSA President, it could have serious constitutional implications for the Council.

Watson Duke has been PSA President since 2009.

The political party he leads, the Progressive Democratic Patriots (PDP), won the December 6th THA elections.

The PDP defeated the PNM by 14 seats to one seat.