VIDEO: CNMI Report – Several Hundred, Pro & Con, Rally Over Fitial Impeachment Proceedings

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Guam – Several hundreds took part in two separate rallies for and against the impeachment of Gov. Benigno Fitial Sunday in the CNMI.

Fitial supporters told the Saipan Tribune that the crowd at the anti-impeachment rally in Susupe was between 300 to 500, including Cabinet members and Republican candidates and their families.

Meanwhile, in San Jose, about 100 people held placards and posters calling on Fitial to resign, or be impeached.

Fitial said yesterday that removing him from office is not the solution to the CNMI’s problems. He also announced that he will soon invite the Senate and House leaderships to a third leadership summit to address the Commonwealth’s problems.

Those who support impeaching him, including House minority leader Joe Deleon Guerrero and Glen Hunter, meanwhile said that Fitial is still in “denial” and removing him is “a step in the right direction.”

Fitial faces 16 allegations of felony, corruption, and neglect of duty. Three of those articles of impeachment got the Special Committee on Impeachment’s approval on Friday; the rest would be acted on in the days ahead.

The Saipan Tribune reports that