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TORONTO – Amid calls for his resignation, MP-elect Kevin Vuong has reiterated his intention to represent Spadina-Fort York as an independent in the House of Commons.

Vuong released a new statement on Saturday evening, announcing his intention to keep his job.

“I have decided to continue as an independent MP for Spadina-Fort York and will work hard to serve the community,” Vuong said.

In the statement, he also apologized for “the lack of disclosure”.

The MP-elect was removed from his post as Liberal Party candidate in Spadina-Fort York two days before the election following a Toronto Star report revealing Vuong faced a sexual assault charge in 2019, which was later abandoned by the Crown.

His latest statement comes a day after former Liberal constituency MP Adam Vaughan urged Vuong to step down from his seat. Speaking to CP24 on Friday, Vaughan said Vuong lied and did not come during the verification process.

“It is very clear why he has to resign. First, the mandate is compromised. He did not win it with a clear vote and did not get a clear mandate,” Vaughan said.

The revelation of Vuong’s past accusation came after thousands of people had already voted in advance. He also still featured as a Liberal candidate on the ballot on election day because it was too late to remove him.

Vuong won the downtown Toronto riding with 38.9% of the vote.

Since winning the seat, constituents and officials have called for Vuong’s resignation.

Vaughan said he told the MP-elect to step down to show respect to residents and that a by-election should be called to determine who will represent the constituency in Ottawa.

He said Vuong ignored the advice.

“I warned him that by doing that, he was going to create significant problems for himself,” Vaughan said.

“If he takes office, he will take office under this cloud. He will take office in a fairly controversial way and without, as I said, a clear mandate.”

Vuong declined to speak to the media, but denied the allegations against him and said in an earlier statement released earlier this week that he “would address them at a later date in more depth in a dedicated forum.”

In that same statement, he acknowledged that “not everyone is happy” he was elected.

“I understand that not everyone is happy with my election, and I understand very well why it is different for me,” he said. “For those who feel this way, I understand the source of your doubts and will work hard to earn your trust.”

– with files from Codi Wilson

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