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Nov 5, 2015

PM Barrow Salutes Fonseca

Dean Barrow

When he held his press conference this morning, U.D.P. leader Dean Barrow could not have known that just hours after, leader of the Opposition Francis Fonseca would announce his resignation, effective immediately. Barrow was magnanimous in victory, taking time out to congratulate Fonseca and the P.U.P. candidates who he says put up a tremendous fight.


Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“I single out their leader, the honourable Francis Fonseca. I will tell him…I thought we had him. I thought Carla had him, and I was willing to give odds. But I did point out to at least one member of the media that I am not a betting man and obviously I know why. But if we were against tremendous odds in terms of the relentless public relations campaign against us, the relentless media campaign against us – and I say this in sorrow and not in anger, and that is how I believe it should be. I’m very glad that we proved a vast majority of you in the media so spectacularly wrong…but no quarrel. I said just before the elections that I have enjoyed I think a wonderful personal relationship with the media and I fully expect that to continue. But the point is that we were under our own pressures and so was the leader of the Opposition. He had lost two bi-elections and the municipal election. He was under strain and he kept his party together and he won in the Freetown constituency so I must salute him and offer my congratulations.”

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