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Subject: Mcweeney quiet on possible resignation

The Nassau Guardian Journalism Fellowship By Raymond Kongwa,Guardian Staff Reporter
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Date Posted: 03/31/05 9:00:33am

Senator to be present for today's proceedings

The city's rumour-mill churned feverishly this past week with speculation that Cyprianna Mcweeney - the socialite turned PLP Senator - was set to relinquish her seat in the Upper Chamber.

But the former Miss Bahamas beauty queen on Tuesday refused to deny or confirm the rumour, which has been reported in a bi-weekly tabloid and mid-market daily.

"I am not going to say anything on it at this time," said Mrs Mcweeney when contacted by The Nassau Guardian yesterday.

The Punch reported Monday that she was resigning to take a job in the Prime Minister's office as National Events Coordinator. In addition to being a former winner, Mrs Mcweeney is the former president of the Miss Bahamas Pageant Committee.

Sources informed The Nassau Guardian early last week that Mrs Mcweeney's resignation would come when the Senate met last Wednesday. But no announcement was made during the proceedings.

According to the Constitution, Senators resigning from the post are to present a formal letter of resignation to the Senate President. As of yesterday, President Sharon Wilson said Mrs Mcweeney had not submitted such a letter.

Mrs Mcweeney indicated she planned to be present at today's House meeting.

The Senator is the wife of former PLP Senator and Attorney General Sean Mcweeney and daughter of the late noted entertainer Freddie Munnings and his wife Winifred.

A PLP Senator's resignation would be the second in recent times, following last year's resignation of Abaco Senator Edison Key, an acrimonious and contentious affair.

A long-time PLP stalwart at the time and former Cabinet Minister in Sir Lynden Pindling's Cabinet, Mr Key relinquished his seat amid claims of Government corruption and lacklustre leadership.

Grand Bahama Social Activist Caleb Outten replaced Mr Key after the seat remained vacant for eight months.

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