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Nov 11, 2015

Where Does Julius Espat Factor Into Leadership Equation?

Julius Espat

Current Deputy Leader Julius Espat has also found himself thrown into the mix for leader. Today he didn’t go so far as to confirm that he will submit his name for leadership. But he’s certainly not saying that he won’t.


Julius Espat, Deputy Leader, P.U.P.

“I’m interested in unity in the P.U.P. I am interested that we reorganize and organize. I am interested that we are a viable party once again. And so the persons that takes up the leadership has to be somebody that can do that. And so I don’t want to be a part of a movement right now that fractures the party more than anything else. So I believe we have to wait and see who the names are at this point. At this point in time, I am reluctant to put in my name, but that doesn’t mean no. I am a loyal P.U.P.; I am just more loyal to my people in Cayo South right now. They have come out really giving their all for us and I have to give them more time back right now. The last term, which was three and a half years, I dedicated about seventy-five percent of my time to the national politics and I think the people of Cayo South deserve that I give them at least ninety percent of my time now. So that’s where my focus right now is aimed at.”



“But the timeline appears to be short.”


Julius Espat

“The fifteenth of December was the timeline proposed for names to go in, yes.”



“But then if you want to vie for the post, you would have to start consulting people countrywide.”


Julius Espat

“We have been consulting people from the day we started; we have been in consultation with the people—not for the leadership—but I have been a leader in the party for some time now as the deputy party leader and it has been good. I think we have achieved quite a bit, but leadership is not about only putting a badge on your shoulder. Leadership right now, especially in the P.U.P., is about unity—and not unity when you go on stage and say oh I love you. No, no, no…real unity; you have to bring the factions together. And so we are hoping that one of us will be able to do that.”

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1 Response for “Where Does Julius Espat Factor Into Leadership Equation?”

  1. Simon says:

    Of course he doesn’t want it now like a true Espat- he wants it near year 4 when he gets it cheap like all else he has gotten from our beloved pup.

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