David Bartlett resigns as Tasmanian Premier, confirms on Facebook

By on Jan 23, 2011 in Australia, International, Politics Comments

Updated January 24, 2011 3:33 p.m.

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Tasmania, AustraliaDavid Bartlett is being reported to have announced that he is resigning as Tasmanian Premier due family reasons, and apparently confirmed the news via his Facebook page on Sunday.

According to Australian news sites, David Bartlett will have a news conference in Hobart on Sunday 3 pm (AEDT) to formally announce his resignation.

Bartlett, who turned 43 last January 19, also announced at Facebook that he will also step down as the Labor Party leader, but he did not mention if he will completely the Parliament.

However, he said he will support Deputy Premier and Treasurer Lara Giddings, if she will be elected as his successor.

David Bartlett became the 43rd Premiere of Tasmania on May 28, 2008 and succeeded Paul Lennon, who resigned that day. Mr. Bartlett sat as Deputy Premiere of Tasmania on April 2008, replacing Steve Kons.

Below is the statement of David Bartlett on his Facebook page.

“To all my Facebook friends and contributors.

I have decided to step down as Premier and Leader of the Labor Party.

Working seven days a week and wanting to be a better father for Hudson and Matilda has become incompatible as the children are growing up.

Lara Giddings will be an outstanding Premier and will have my full support.

Regards David.”



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