13 Aug 2012

More CNMI talk about impeaching Governor Fitial

1:58 pm on 13 August 2012

There are discussions in the Northern Marianas about whether to impeach the Governor, Benigno Fitial.

This comes amid concern over governor's link to the use of armed police and ports police officers allegedly to shield the Attorney General Edward Buckingham from being served a penal summons in connection with criminal charges.

Our correspondent says talk about impeaching Mr Fitial has been brewing in the legislature for months.

Lawmakers say an impeachment resolution was drafted a few months ago but its final form would include the governor's decision to concur with the AG's decision to rescind his notice of resignation despite the AG's defiance of a penal summons.

In the 20-member House, at least 14 affirmative votes are needed to initiate impeachment proceedings. In the nine-member Senate, at least six affirmative votes are needed to convict.