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Feb 2, 2016

P.U.P. Leader John Briceño Will Be Sworn in Tomorrow

John Briceño

John Briceño and the members of the new National Executive of the People’s United Party will be sworn in at Independence Hall on Wednesday morning. Briceño was elected Party Leader at a National Convention held in Belmopan on Sunday after he beat out Francis Fonseca and Cordel Hyde. There after he will be sworn in as the leader of the Opposition in the House. This oath he takes before Governor General Sir Colville Young.   But the convention and the euphoria of the moment are like déjà vu all over again for Briceño. He’s been in this position in the political spotlight before. And he’s been burned before. In 2008, the hostility wasn’t as overt and the campaign not as negative, but in 2011, battered and beaten by internal forces, Briceño was still forced to throw in the towel. So who’s to say that anything will be different this time? Today, he spent the day meeting with former Leader Francis Fonseca and parliamentarians Said Musa, Julius Espat and Kareem Musa as well as with Cordel Hyde. In his first interview after the announcement of victory on Sunday night this is what he said.

 

John Briceño, P.U.P. Leader

“With experience you learn. Tomorrow I am going to visit them individually…you know the Honorable Francis Fonseca and Cordel and Julius and Mike and everybody and I want to tell them let’s forget our differences, let’s work…you know the People’s United Party is not a social party, it is a political party and we have a common bond that we want to serve the people. We can only do that by winning elections and getting to Belmopan. But there is one difference this time. I am going to reach out but if I see people that are still attempting to undermine the Party it is time for those people to leave. I am not going to do that alone. I don’t have that power under the Constitution. But I am going to call a National Party Council meeting for us to decide that, and if we have to have a National Convention we are going to do that. But we cannot continue to undermine one another. We need to work together. We need to think about our people. We need to think about our country.”

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