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Jul 9, 2015

…But Will Francis Fonseca Resign as Party Leader?

Francis Fonseca

The People’s United Party, under the leadership of Francis Fonseca, is yet to win an election.  Having suffered defeat in the 2012 general elections, a singular trouncing in the January fifth, Cayo North bye-election, the 2015 municipal elections and now the Dangriga bye-election, there is speculation about the leadership of the party.  Back in March, Fonseca was asked if he was stepping down after a near-complete trashing at the polls.  But, Fonseca says, not so.  In a recent meeting of the national party council, Fonseca says he was unanimously supported by his executives to remain at the helm of the P.U.P., ahead of the upcoming general elections. 


Francis Fonseca, Party Leader, P.U.P.

“No, I have not contemplated resigning.  You know, we just had a national party council on, as I said, July fourth Jules, at which the entire party council made it absolutely clear.  We know we were heading into this bye-election, we knew it would be challenging and everybody talked about it, everybody talked about the challenges facing us a party and the absolute, resounding sentiment expressed at that meeting was we stand with our leader.  We stand in support of our leader, we will fight with our leader regardless of what happens in this bye-election.  So, I have no doubt that that remains the position of our party.”



“Sir, I know that many have spoken encouragingly about the outcome but I think there is perhaps some confusion because the division is smaller than in Cayo North.  So the margin of six hundred plus votes seems not so bad but really, according to Elections and Boundaries website, Papa Mena, Frank ‘Papa’ Mena scored fifty-eight point five-six percent of the vote.  That’s fifty-nine percent and your candidate got forty-one point four percent, so that‘s fifty-nine to forty-one.  Two things about it: one, it is completely consistent with the town boards where U.D.P. got sixty percent, up from forty percent.”


Francis Fonseca

“And it‘s consistent with 2012.”



“No. 2012, Arturo Roches.  No, 2012 Ivan Ramos got fifty-four percent of the vote.  So, and that’s the second point that Ivan Ramos, himself, only got fifty-four percent over Turo Roches who was a rather lame duck representative, in terms of the fact that he wasn’t a popular guy.  So what we’re seeing is that Frank ‘Papa’ Mena is almost at sixty percent in a division that never goes over sixty.  You have never seen those numbers yourself, even popular representatives like Said Musa they hover in the upper fifties, so that now, from Papa Mena and Omar Figueroa is a very exclusive club.  Are you all properly assessing the totality or the significance of this loss?  It’s a big loss.”


Francis Fonseca

“Of course we will do a full and proper assessment of the results Jules, without a doubt.  Nobody has been saying we’re encouraged by the results, in terms of the numbers.  What we are saying is we are encouraged by the show of unity in our party, the fighting spirit, that is where it begins.  That is where you begin to turn around the numbers.  It has to begin with that.  It has to begin with us understanding and appreciating that if we fight together, if we stand together that is how we turn these elections around.  So that is what is encouraging to us.”



“But isn’t that listening to the noise in the market instead of checking the change?”


Francis Fonseca

“No, no, no.  Not for us.  Not for us at all.”



“That is the noise in the market, sir.  All of the tremendous PUP alacrity and muscularity that showed yesterday is what is called the noise in the market.  The poll result is called checking your change.”


Francis Fonseca

“No man, you are putting it in the context of an election Jules, you are not assessing it.  If you are going to properly assess it, you have to properly assess it in the context in which it occurred.”

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3 Responses for “…But Will Francis Fonseca Resign as Party Leader?”

  1. kmh says:

    How many elections is Pup willing to lose under consent. His name recalls previous corrupt administrations. Pup needs new person at helm for fresh start. But they keep doing same old same old.

  2. carlos says:

    I hope the leaders of the PUP learn now that they can not go into a constituent and dictate to the people a candidate . Probably Mr Sabal is a good person with good qualities but is not supported
    by the people. let the people decide on their representative for the party in that constituent. Why did they changed Mr Ivan. If how they say that he was not performing, O K. But this is like having one of you student in your class failing. Do let him fail the year or would you offer help so that he improves?
    How much help did the leader of the party gave to him, how much support was given to him ? Its a pity that these things are happening in the PUP. The politics they are running is not working. In they last gen. election they were widely supported by the rural constituents. Wait when the same petrocaribe projects flow into the rural areas and see if they will still have the support of the villages. People wan to see infra-structure development in streets drainage, sport and of course jobs, cheaper education, lower cost of living, participation in government decisions, involvement in social groups, development on agricultural roads etc.
    Change your politics PUP or change the Leader if he doesn’t have better vision.

  3. Shamir Alpuche says:

    This is a message from a PUP to the Leader. Is he Deff. isnt he hearing the cry of this Nation, the PUPs in this nation are begging for a change of leader, the nation wants to vote for the party but not the leader ship of Francis and his Mentors,Said and Ralph. that is the nations Perception. U WA WIN FRANCISSI, Resign. den no only u wa win but the Nation aswell or tell the rest of the boys to bring back the Millions to mach dollor for dollor!

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