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Jan 11, 2016

Contenders for P.U.P. Chairman Are Both Confident of Victory

Oscar Requeña

As we told you, all eyes will be on the race for leadership which has led to very heated and unpleasant debate on social media. The Chairman position is also up for grabs. Henry Charles Usher is the incumbent, so to speak, but very successful politician Oscar Requeña, wants a shot at that post. Usher has been campaigning with Briceño and has openly given that candidate his support. Requeña is running on Fonseca’s ticket. We spoke to both men as they emerged from the meeting. 

 

Oscar Requeña, Candidate for P.U.P. Chairman

“I work very diligently for the party; you know within my constituency. I also get the opportunity to travel across the different constituencies across the country and we are working with our people; we are talking to them and I feel well.”

 

Reporter

“In terms of the thirty constituencies, how many of them have you covered so far?”

 

Oscar Requeña

“Well the truth of the matter is that we’ve just launched our visits last we so we still have a number of them that we have to cover yet.”

 

Reporter

“Anything interesting from this meeting?”

 

Oscar Requeña

“No, all I will say is that it was a matter of resolutions that were tabled to the National Party Council and were ratified.”

 

Henry Charles Usher

Henry Charles Usher, Seeking Re-election for P.U.P. Chair

“It was a very straightforward meeting; we ratified the decisions taking by the National Executive to have the national convention on the thirty-first of January in Belmopan. Those were matters that were submitted.”

 

Reporter

“I heard that there were some resolutions that were also passed. Can you comment on those?”

 

Henry Charles Usher

“Only one resolution and that is to amend the constitution to say that the Deputy Party Leaders, four of them, represent regions. So the constitution has been amended to say four regional deputy party leaders. That’s was the only resolution.”

 

Reporter

“In terms of the bloodletting on Facebook; has the party addressed that as a party?”

 

Henry Charles Usher

“That matter was also addressed and we have somebody looking into that.”

 

Reporter

“Looking into it with a view to do what?”

 

Henry Charles Usher

“Well to try to curb it, to try to curb it; there’s not much else that anybody can do. Everybody has a right to free speech, but we want to conduct ourselves civilly and we want to respect each other in the best way possible.”

 

Reporter

“In terms of your post as chairman of the party, you are being challenged by Oscar Requeña. How confident do you feel that you will be returned as the chairman of the party?’

 

Henry Charles Usher

“Well I think that I have done my work over the five years and I believe that the delegates of the convention will respect and appreciate the work that I’ve done and will vote for me. I’m very confident of securing my seat again and of course whoever win as leader, I am prepared to serve.”

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