Port of Spain's mayor resigns over controversial remark after murder of Carnival visitor

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port-au-spain-mayor-tim-kee.jpgRaymond Tim Kee, Mayor of Port of Spain, Trinidad, has resigned a week after making controversial comments following the murder of a Japanese pannist who visited the twin-island republic for Carnival.

Kieron Valentine, the man who served as his deputy, will be the new mayor and is to be sworn in soon.

In a statement issued after he tendered his resignation on Tuesday afternoon, Mr Tim Kee said he accepted full responsibility for his comments.

The mayor had been under severe pressure to quit since last Wednesday, when he called on women to maintain their dignity during the festivities and ensure they are not abused.