Samantha Marshall to replace Gail Christian

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Attorney Samantha Marshall has been tipped to fill the vacancy in the Senate, created by the recent resignation of her Antigua Labour Party (ALP) colleague Gail Christian.

Marshall indicated she received a letter last week advising her of the nomination, but up to yesterday, she had not been informed of when she would receive her instruments of appointment.

“ALP leader Gaston Browne communicated to me that he has in fact advised the governor general that based on the vacancy now, he’s appointing me. I was advised I’d be informed some time (this) week when I would get those instruments,” she said.

Marshall, a practicing lawyer, declined to comment further on the appointment and Christian’s decision to step down. Earlier this year, Marshall was temporarily sworn in as a senator while Christian was on leave.

Two Fridays ago, Senator Christian said she would be calling it quits from the Upper House altogether.

Her announcement was made at the Antigua Labour Party’s (ALPs) executive meeting and came about a month after she was reduced to being an ordinary Senator and replaced by ALP Barbuda representative Arthur Nibbs, who is now minority leader.

Christian had served the senate as minority leader for nearly 10 years.

Following the announcement, last week, both former Prime Minister Lester Bird and Acting Political Leader Steadroy “Cutie” Benjamin said Christian’s decision is “regrettable.”

They noted Senator Christian is seen as one of the “stars” of the party who has the potential to some day take up the reins of leadership.

Benjamin said Christian’s decision is “well respected” by the ALP executive and does not detract from her position as party chairman, which duty she is expected to continue to perform.