16 Mar 2009

CNMI Governor to quit politics if he loses November election

8:07 pm on 16 March 2009

The Commonwealth of Northern Marianas Governor Benigno R. Fitial says he will retire from politics if he loses the election in November.

Pacnews reports the 63-year-old governor has no plans of seeking another office should he and his running mate Finance Secretary Eloy Inos fail to win.

Mr Inos, the chairman of the ruling Covenant Party, says he agreed to join Mr Fitial because he's not afraid to make unpopular decisions for the benefit of the public.

Among these unpopular policies are the austerity holidays, which imposed pay cuts on some government employees, renting generators from the UK, and suing the US federal government over the federalisation law.