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Jul 21, 2015

Did Representatives Boycott Meeting? Party Leader Says Their Absence is No Big Deal

Francis Fonseca

When P.U.P. leader Francis Fonseca emerged, he said that it was just a regular meeting to discuss the way forward for the Party. And even though he agrees that an election is right around the corner, Fonseca claims that so many Standard Bearers and Representatives missing a National Executive Meeting is no big deal.

 

Francis Fonseca, P.U.P. Leader

“What is this talk of a boycott? I don’t know what you are talking about. There is nothing; no such boycott.”

 

Reporter

“Six of eight from the north are absent. We know that many from the west…”

 

Francis Fonseca

“That happens at many meetings; at many meetings we don’t have full attendance so there is absolutely nothing to be read into that at all about any boycott. The honorable John Briceño for example is out of the country, in Merida with his son who is sick and a number of other standard bearers had funerals—there is nothing unusual with that—had funerals and in the case of Landy Habet, had a board meeting. Nothing…Anthony was here and Chebat was in court.”

 

Reporter

“So you haven’t heard any kind of notice or news that there were members who are unhappy with your leadership and this is one of several messages that are coming to you to give up the leadership seat?”

 

Francis Fonseca

“No, no, no. Not at all. I’m not aware of any boycott. We had a very good meeting; it was a joint meeting of the executive and standard bearers. We spent most of the time planning for elections; we believe the elections are around the corner. So we were planning the main pillars of our manifesto. We spent some time talking about registration; as you all know this is the transfer period so those were issues that we were very concerned about. So we spent a lot of time looking at those issues and planning forward. We are launching our power to the people national tour so we talked a lot about that as well; that will start in the west and move to the south. National tour to discuss issues, having a conversation with the Belizean people about many challenging and pressing issues facing our country so those were the things that we discussed today. So it was a very, very good positive meeting. Everybody contributed and as I said, we set out a very clear time table and plan for getting certain things done in preparation for the general elections whenever they might come.”

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