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Jun 8, 2015

Francis Fonseca Says Dangriga Representative Stepped Down on His Own

Francis Fonseca

In mid-May the P.U.P. announced via conference that Ivan Ramos would not be running again, and would make way for Anthony Sabal. At that conference Ramos seemed openly bitter, suggesting that his leaving was other than voluntary. So did he decide to leave or was he pushed out of the P.U.P.? According to P.U.P. Leader, Francis Fonseca, the decision was made by Ramos alone.

 

Francis Fonseca, P.U.P. Leader

“Even after all of that I made it very clear to everybody that this decision – the Campaign Manager, the Campaign Committee, the Southern Caucus – the final decision even after all of that…because he was an elected representative and because obviously we felt a sense of loyalty and commitment to him, that I wanted to hear from him directly – that the final decision would be his, and I made that clear that I had to hear that final decision from him as the leader and that is what I’m telling you about, that that took place the day before, or two days before we came here. I think we came here on a Wednesday and we met on the Monday at my home. And that final decision – if he wants to be honest and truthful he will tell you that I said Ivan, even at this late stage it is your decision. If you decide that you want to continue we will work with you, we will support you. I will get the guys from the Southern Caucus to work with you – the campaign committee – they might be a little reluctant but we will get them to work with you. But you have to have a plan and you have to have the desire to win. And he made it clear to me that he no longer wished to continue. That is the basis, so as far as I am concerned the final decision was made by him on the Monday before our press briefing here to announce our new candidate. It was final, it was conveyed to me and it was on the basis of that that we then announced the new candidate.”

 

The P.U.P. will have a meeting on Tuesday with the national Executive and Standard Bearers to discuss the way forward to bi-elections, now confirmed for July eighth.

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