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Oct 2, 2015

Party Leader on Convention to Elect BPP Executives

Patrick Rogers

While the party has been months in the making, fine-tuning its leadership seems a bit hurried.  Admittedly, Rogers told the media during the press conference that they initially agreed on short-term roles.  However, the announcement of snap elections on Monday has prompted the pro tem executive to assume fulltime positions until the party is able to grow its numbers.  At such time, Rogers says there will be a convention to democratically elect the leadership of the Belize Progressive Party.

 

Patrick Rogers, Party Leader, BPP

“I’m saying that if we reach to that critical mass number, certainly we can have an open election for the party leader.  As it stands right now, as of yesterday we huddled and said we have to go without pro tem so I was actually selected to be the political leader, dropping the pro tem but it was too late to change wi lee fliers.  So officially I’m the party leader and political leader and Brother Wil is deputy leader and it’s not pro tem until such time as we find the need to elect from a wider body if it does emerge.”

 

Reporter

“Okay, so but theoretically, in the voters mind you would be the person that we woulda seh, “you for prime minister”.

 

Patrick Rogers

“Well if you wahn put it like that Jules, you could go ahead then.  No because we are nothing like the PUDP.  As I said, our structure is very different.  I do not and I will never hold the power of a party leader as you know it, I’m a political leader as it is penned in our constitution and I don’t even get to vote at the executive meetings.”

 

Reporter

“If you were to in fact gain seats, if the person were to give you that power, in terms of governance how would you address that?”

 

Patrick Rogers

“Excellent question Ms. Amaya.  The truth of the matter is that there is so much unknown variables for us that we cannot plan properly until we have more known variables.  But the direct answer to your question is that no, I do not feel any added pressure.  The fact of the matter is that I’m no rookie at this, I did my first run at 2003.”

 

The BPP says it will be yielding candidates in all constituencies, but so far, it only has eleven.

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