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Jan 11, 2016

P.U.P. Candidate for Leader Cordel Hyde Says Change is Imminent

The National Party Council of the People’s United Party met at Saturday to pave the way to a national convention set for January thirty-first in Belmopan. Various positions are up for grabs, but all eyes are on the leadership position. Immediate past leader Francis Fonseca, who stepped down on November fifth, stepped back in unexpectedly. He wants the seat back, and so does John Briceño, who stepped down in 2011 and wants back in. Then there’s Cordel Hyde who’s eying leadership for the first time. All three candidates have denied interviews with the media up to this point, and only Hyde would speak with us as he came out the meeting Saturday. He says he’s ready…but more importantly the people are ready, for new leadership. 

 

Cordel Hyde, Candidate for P.U.P. Leader

“We’ve been getting pretty good response all over the country. We met with a number of delegates so far and we have to continue pushing from now until January twenty-first to meet as much delegates as possible because that’s where the elections will be decided, by the delegates. They have a very serious responsibility; it is a defining moment for the party. They have a responsibility to those who came before us and those sixty-seven thousand persons who voted for us on November fourth; to give serious thought to the decision that is before us. It is about the future of the party and the future of our country. We’ve losing elections for a long, long time; nine straight elections since 2006. We haven’t won a major election since 2003. We have to start winning elections; we have to start to get back to our winning ways. We are better than this as a party and we are better than this as a country and that’s the decision before us on January thirty-first.”

 

Reporter

“In terms of your run for leadership, how confident are you that you can pull this off?”

 

Cordel Hyde

Cordel Hyde

“Well, I’m pretty confident going into any elections, but I understand the work that it takes and I understand that you can’t win an election before. You have to work very hard; you have to talk to everybody, you have to make contact with them and talk to them about what’s your plan, what’s your vision…who you are. Explain to them who you are, if they don’t know and try to get them to see that your plan, your pathway to victory is the way to go.”

 

Reporter

“And have you canvassed the thirty constituencies?”

 

Cordel Hyde

“Not yet sir, we are doing that as we speak. I’m heading out to Benque right about now. We’ll be doing that every day right up to January thirty-first.”

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