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Mar 16, 2016

…What Does Patrick Faber Think?

Patrick Faber

The resignation of Vega also came as a surprise to Minister of Education, Patrick Faber, who contested the deputy leadership back in 2013, but lost to Vega. Faber says despite Vega’s departure, Sunday’s convention will be a smooth process and the party will remain strong.


Patrick Faber, U.D.P. Minister

“It was a surprise for us….in fact, you know that we have a convention coming up on Sunday, March twentieth and we had agreed among ourselves in the party that nobody would really rock the boat, so to speak, and that in fact we would endorse those existing officials of the party in the leadership. And so the convention on Sunday would have been smooth sailing and it still will be smooth sailing; not because we won’t have an application for first deputy leader means we won’t go on with that convention. But you are right, the intention of Mister Vega to say that he is not any longer pursuing the first deputy leadership position did catch us a bit by surprise. Vega’s resignation, as you put it has given a blow to our party in the sense that we could have done without that. I am not happy to see anything that gives that kind of damage to our party.  I’m not saying that Mister Vega didn’t have a right to do that; that is his personal right, but it did in many respects change the way that we have been forwarding in terms of our success in the party.  Even though Mister Vega and I disagree on certain issues and in fact I challenged him on that last occasion, he is my colleague; he is in fact the leader of the north, especially in terms of our party. And of course that will be a blow that I can never rejoice about. But as I’ve said, we are a mass party; we don’t win by few votes, we win by great margins at times. And so we must move on and Mister Vega, we are happy, is staying in the party; in fact, he will finish out his term. And it is his right to choose not to go on as he has said, like so many other of my colleagues who have said, we’ve been so successful; we’ve done our time. They are, you’ll understand, much older in age than I am and so they will depart. But I will stay on for a bit longer.”

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1 Response for “…What Does Patrick Faber Think?”

  1. David P says:

    Vega’s not that old. Not as old as Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders…. but he’s done his time and has already acquired more wealth during his time in office than most Belizeans will ever in a life time. If I were him I’d have done the same. It just proves that politicians like most people care more about serving themselves than serving their country. Maybe he decided to get out before bringing the party down with him.

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