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Jun 7, 2016

Patrick Faber is Sworn in as Deputy Prime Minister

There is a new Deputy Prime Minister. He is thirty-nine year old Patrick Faber who moves up to the second most powerful man in the corridors of power in Belmopan even as he retains for now the Ministries of Education, Sports and Culture. Faber took the oath today in the presence of family, friends and colleagues. He may not be the youngest DPM because John Briceño was the youngest who assumed the high office. But Faber has made no secret of his political ambitions within the U.D.P. and national politics. And despite the internal fallout caused by the election; Faber says he will work for all. News Five’s Isani Cayetano reports.

 

Patrick Faber, Deputy Prime Minister

“I, Patrick Faber, do swear that I will bear true faith and allegiance to Belize and will uphold the constitution and the law and that I will conscientiously, impartially and to the best of my ability discharge my duties as a minister of the government and do right to all manner of people without fear or favor, affection or ill-will so help me God.”

 

Isani Cayetano, Reporting

A little over a week after being elected First Deputy Leader of the United Democratic Party, senior politician Patrick Faber has been sworn into office as Deputy Prime Minister of Belize.  The achievement, part of his dream to some day lead this country, comes with the support of family, friends and cabinet colleagues.  Together, they formed an audience that bore witness to Faber’s ascension to the second most powerful seat in government.

 

Colville Young

Sir Colville Young, Governor General

“We are met for a very important occasion and action, not words, are of the essence.  Honorable Patrick Faber, greetings.  Having been designated Deputy Prime Minister, I ask you to reaffirm your oath of office.”

 

The brief ceremony, a symbolic endorsement of the oath he took upon being re-elected in November 2015, was done in the presence of a small number of his elected peers.  They included Manuel Heredia and Elodio Aragon Junior, avid supporters of his candidacy to rise in rank within the party.

 

Patrick Faber

“I pledge my support to, of course, the Prime Minister [and] His Excellency the Governor General and all who lead this country, that I will do my best to, of course, help in the execution of the duties and to make sure that Belize is going on that path to the future.  The path to better development and, of course, to make sure that we have a good country for all of us, especially my two young boys who are here.  I’m happy to have family and friends and of course many of you who are maybe not even from the United Democratic Party but support me.”

 

While Faber pledges a willingness to work with his party, does the absence of other U.D.P. ministers from his investiture bode well for his leadership aspirations?

 

Patrick Faber

Patrick Faber

“They all accept that I am the new deputy leader of the party.  They all accept that I am now the new deputy prime minister of the country and in fact things have improved tremendously from last week when you were camped out in front of the Cabinet Room as well and I expect that things will continue, if there is anything you persist that there is still something under the surface, I am telling you that by the time we get to that 2020 convention there will not be that kind of feeling at all, not even a remnants of it remaining and I am confident that we will, over these four years, work together to bring about the kind of environment that will bring victory to our party in 2020.”

 

To his detractors, who may say that the ceremony this afternoon was merely a show, Deputy Prime Minister Faber had a few choice words.

 

Patrick Faber

“It is a wonderful day when a person becomes a Deputy Prime Minister, no matter what was the event that brought us here and I will tell you that I need no ceremony or I need no kind of title to work.  These persons who have come out here to support me know that I am hard worker, the people of this country know that I am a hard worker, the people of this party know that I am a hard worker and I need no titles.  But it is a time for those who did support me, my friends, my family, my supporters, the people who worked so hard over the last three months to get me to this position, this is a time for them really, to celebrate.  So I could not disappoint them and that is why we are here.”

 

Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

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1 Response for “Patrick Faber is Sworn in as Deputy Prime Minister”

  1. Belizean Pride says:

    what sadness me is when they are sworn hold the bible dearly and what is the purpose if they are
    thieves and big time lying people. I know it’s a common practice but jeez stop that if they know it’s of no use.

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