Junor Resigns Jamaica, CTO Posts

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BY JENNIFER DOWD

NEW YORK -- John Junor resigned as chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organization and as tourism minister for Jamaica, effective April 8.

The move followed an incident in which Junor fired his licensed gun during an argument with a well-known opposition Jamaica Labor Party supporter outside a bar in the Gray Ground District of Manchester on March 20, according to local police.

No charges have been filed.

The CTO, meanwhile, appointed Billie Miller acting chairman. Miller is deputy prime minister and minister of foreign affairs, tourism and international transport for Barbados.

She also held the position of vice chairman of the CTO.

"It will be an easy succession for the CTO, and although we certainly regret Junor's departure, as he was an excellent chairman, the resignation doesn't seem to have a major effect on our affairs," Michael Youngman, marketing director of the CTO, said.

Junor's term would have expired in September 1998.

Youngman said he was expecting Miller's acceptance of the post shortly, adding that should she not want the position of chairman, Robertico Crowes, Aruba's tourism minister, would be next in line.

Youngman had no comment regarding the incident surrounding Junor's departure, saying the situation was "purely a local event."

P.J. Patterson, prime minister of Jamaica, was expected to appoint a new tourism minister by April 14.

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