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Nov 5, 2015

Fonseca Says He Will Not Influence Choice of New Leader

Francis Fonseca

Fonseca’s decision to step down, according to him, was contingent upon the outcome of the general elections and that choice was made prior to November fourth.  When asked if he would endorse another colleague for the leadership of the party, Fonseca told the media that he will not participate in the selection of his successor.



“Are you able to speak about when did you make this decision and was it an emotional decision?”


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

“No. No. No.  No, that’s a very fair question.  No, I didn’t, it wasn’t an emotional decision Jules, I made this decision a long time ago based on the outcome of the election, what path I would take.  So yes, the people around me knew that if in fact we lost this election, even if I won my seat in Freetown, if we lost this election this was the decision that I would have made and have made.”



“Okay, and now sir, is there any indication, I know a national convention, a leadership convention, all these things are good but is there anyone that you would, is there any way that you would like the leadership to go?  Perhaps you would want a new face, perhaps the party needs to be refreshed or perhaps it needs a trusted face like Mr. Said Musa is still around, we have Mr. Julius Espat and Cordel Hyde who won seventy-one percent in the recent election.  He won by at least two thousand votes. Is there a sort of direction?”


Francis Fonseca

“No, no.  I think that that is an issue for the party.  I certainly, as I said, I, as the current leader, I will not take sides in that leadership contest.  All I want to do is to ensure that the process takes place and that it is a fair process and I have great confidence and great trust in the wisdom of our supporters in the People’s United Party that they will choose the right leader to lead us forward at this time.  It is a very challenging time in our party’s history.”


Fonseca has committed to serve the entirety of his term as Freetown area representative before retiring from electoral politics.

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1 Response for “Fonseca Says He Will Not Influence Choice of New Leader”

  1. Robert says:

    Julius is the happiest and vexest- he wants leadership and can’t pay for it all since he has to wait another 5 years to eat from the public purse

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