Obama row governor refuses to quit | News | Al Jazeera

Obama row governor refuses to quit

US governor charged over Obama senate seat claims says he has done "nothing wrong".

    Prosecutors have based their case on
    Blagojevich's wiretapped conversations  [AFP]

    "I intend to stay on the job. I will fight, I will fight, I will fight.

    "I'm dying to answer these charges ... I intend to answer every allegation that comes my way ... in the appropriate forum - a court of law."

    Prosecutors have built their case on evidence gained through recording Blagojevich's conversations.

    Calls for resignation

    Obama and other political figures have called on Blagojevich to resign following his arrest.

    The president-elect vacated the seat after winning November's presidential election.

    But the post is likely to remain empty when the new US congress convenes in January as Blagojevich's lawyer has said the governor would not exercise his power to fill the vacancy while the legal proceedings against him are active.

    Sam Adam Junior, one of the governor's lawyers, said on Friday that Blagojevich may step aside if the proceedings affect the people of Illinois.

    In such a case the lieutenant governor could make the senate appointment.

    The Democrats, who control the state legislature, have initiated impeachment proceedings against the 52-year-old which could take months.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    America's Guns: Secret Pipeline to Syria

    America's Guns: Secret Pipeline to Syria

    How has the international arms trade exacerbated conflict in the Middle East? People and Power investigates.

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    In 1959, a year before Nigeria's independence, a 23-year-old student helped colour the country's identity.