17 Sep 2012

Rallies for and against impeachment of Governor held in Northern Marianas

2:35 pm on 17 September 2012

Two rallies, one for and one against the impeachment of the Northern Marianas Governor Benigno Fitial, were held over the weekend.

Mr Fitial denies 16 allegations of felony, corruption, and neglect of duty.

Our correspondent, Mark Rabago, says supporters of Mr Fitial, estimated at around 300 people including cabinet members, took to the streets.

Meanwhile, he says nearby up to 100 people holding placards and posters were calling on Mr Fitial to be impeached or resign.

"The pro impeachment rally was outnumbered but they had more support because there were a lot of cars that were passing by and honking their horns. While those who support the Governor, there were allegations that most of those present there were told to go there, ordered to go there because they work for the government. Some also went because there was free food."

Mark Rabago says three of the articles of impeachment have been approved by the Special Committee on Impeachment and they will now go to the house for a vote.