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Nov 5, 2015

P.U.P. Leader Francis Fonseca Steps Down

Francis Fonseca

While the PM was taking the oath in Belmopan, in the city, there was stunning news coming from the Opposition and it is the end of an era for Francis Fonseca. He announced today that he is demitting office as leader of the People’s United Party, in the wake of Wednesday’s significant loss at the polls.  Fonseca assumed head of the oldest political organization in Belize back in October 2011, at a time when there was turmoil within the party due to a vacuum in the leadership.  Since then, the Freetown area representative has worked tirelessly in steering the P.U.P. through turbulent times.  Despite endless criticism from his detractors, Fonseca led the party to seven unsuccessful elections.  On March seventh, 2012, the P.U.P. lost both general and municipal elections held on that same day.  His stewardship would remain unchallenged for the most part, until mid-August of this year when a faction, collectively known as the G-eleven, raised serious concerns about the state of affairs within the party.  Those issues were preceded by four consecutive losses, three bye-elections, as well as the municipals in March.  Wednesday’s defeat however, was the death knell in Fonseca’s stewardship.  Earlier today, he formally announced his departure during a press conference at Independence Hall.


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

“Ladies and gentlemen, it has been my distinct honor and privilege to lead the People’s United Party over the last four years.  I think, given the results of yesterday’s elections, it is right and appropriate that I stand down as the leader of the People’s United Party.  I do not intend to do so immediately but I certainly want to make sure that there is an orderly and smooth transition, so I have, I will advise the chairman of the party to ensure that we put in place a structure, to ensure that that smooth transition takes place over the next few weeks.  We will of course, have to meet as a party, as a national executive to discuss that transition process in compliance with the constitution of our party, so that the party can, in fact, prepare itself for the election of a new leader.  On a note of personal privilege, if you will allow me, I certainly want to thank the wonderful people of Freetown for their unwavering support for four consecutive general elections.  I have been and continue to be humbled by their love and support. This has been my last election, I am still in my forties but I think I’ll have to find another way to contribute to the development of Belize, Jules.  I will, of course, serve out the rest of my term working for the people of Freetown but I do not intend to seek re-election.”

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2 Responses for “P.U.P. Leader Francis Fonseca Steps Down”

  1. Uncle Benji says:

    As a solid donor and an ardent supporter of PUP, I believe that I am entitled to criticize. I have said it before, and I remain loyal to my belief.

    Francis Fonseca was a weak leader that contributed to making the PUP weaker. Seven, siete, count them. Seven elections under his stewardship and the PUP could not win one.

    Where have you heard this before? Bring back Musa.

  2. Isaias says:

    Change of leadership will do. Our PUP candidate in Cayo North is formidable but a change in national leader is good. I say, “Bring in Cordel to the Front.”

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