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Nov 6, 2015

PM Barrow Says He Expected Darrell Bradley to Win

On Thursday night we showed you Mayor Darrell Bradley’s surprise at being unable to gain control of the Caribbean Shores seat. He, and the U.D.P. higher-ups, believed that Bradley’s achievements in Belize City as Mayor made him an almost certain winner. But it wasn’t to be. Bradley was beaten by a newcomer to politics, the PUP’s Kareem Musa. At his press conference on Thursday the Prime Minister revealed that of all the results, he is most surprised by Bradley’s loss.

 

Dean Barrow, Prime Minister

Dean Barrow

 “That is democracy…you know that in every election surprises are going to be thrown out. I perhaps was most shocked by the loss in Caribbean Shores. I’ll tell you that quite frankly. I did not expect that with Darrell Bradley’s absolutely outstanding record. I didn’t see how that happened. I had been hearing reports that his opponent was gaining ground but I simply thought that in the end that sort of record which is unequalled would have carried him through. So that was the biggest shock. With Omar, Papa Mena…people like that…there clearly was never going to be the same margin of victory in a general election when it’s for all the marbles, than there was in a bi-election when people knew that the result was not going to make any difference to the configuration of the government – was not going to change the administration. Clearly the PUPs and their supporters were energized at the possibility of being able now to actually gain control of the government. So we always knew that those huge margins…except of course in those constituencies like Collet, Mesopotamia and Sister B…we always knew that things would have narrowed. In Cayo North it tightened rather more than I would have anticipated…in Dangriga just about where I figured we would be.”

 

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