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Oct 2, 2017

P.U.P. Plans National Convention for November; Who Will Challenge John Briceño?

The People’s United Party’s National Party Council met on Saturday at the Saint Catherine Academy multipurpose center in Belize City. The Council is the party’s second highest authority after the National Convention. But the major news coming out of the meeting is that the surprise convention has been scheduled for November twenty-sixth and that party leader John Briceño is opening up the party executive to all comers for challenges, including the leadership. He spoke about his motivations as the P.U.P. marks its sixty-seventh anniversary of founding in 1950 and preparing for the coming municipal and general elections. Aaron Humes reports.

 

Aaron Humes, Reporting

Fresh off a massive display of its might in Orange Walk and consistent in battling the United Democratic Party across the country, the People’s United Party is taking some time to get its house firmly in order. By unanimous decision of the party’s second highest body, its highest, the National Convention, will be called for November twenty-sixth in Belize City. Party Leader John Briceno explains that it is a time for the blue machine to come together.

 

John Briceño

John Briceño, P.U.P. Leader

“Eighteen months ago when I offered myself to lead this great party, the People’s United Party, I told the people that I was ready to lead, and that we’ll be ready to win. We’ve been reaching out to everybody. We have been meeting with civil society, with the churches, with the unions; with the private sector. We have gone to all the towns and villages in this country, the cities; we’ve been having a wide dialogue, reaching out to everyone. We believe that we have reached the goal that I set – that we are going to reach out to everyone. But now, we need a new mandate, because we have two major elections in front of us; we have the municipal elections which is going to be held next March, and the general elections quite likely after that. So I believe that I have met the mandate that I was given, and I felt that we need a new mandate. And at the same time, to use that opportunity to energize the party base, the party faithful, for us to come together as one family, as one united party, at the National Convention to endorse the leadership of this party, and at the same time to give us the mandate, that we are going to be there, every single day, fighting the United Democratic Party, until we can get them out of Belmopan.”

 

The leader said party unity overrides any attempt at outmaneuvering political opponents – especially outspoken first-term area representative aspirant Kareem Musa, who Briceno assured, is on his side.

 

John Briceño

“I think some people might speculate or want to look at it from that angle – I look at it differently. I believe that I am almost at the end of my two year term, which would have been the end of January, so we could have had the Convention either this October or next year October. I wanted to take advantage of having a National Convention, a massive National Convention, that we can mobilize our people, that we can unite our people, that we can energize the party, to lead us into the municipal elections, and with that energy, we can have success at the polls.  I have not seen any member trying to say they are interested in leadership; people are interested in one thing.”

 

Reporter

“We have heard some names though; for instance, Kareem Musa, at least as one. You are saying you haven’t heard those names at all?”

 

Kareem Musa

John Briceño

“Not at all. And I have great respect and regard for Kareem, and he and I have been working very, very closely. In every instance, in whatever I ask Kareem to do, he takes on the challenge. And I met with him yesterday when I told him my plan, and he’s prepared to work as a team, and he is prepared to continue to support me as the party leader. There’s always speculation from different people, but I can assure you that you have heard it from Kareem himself, saying that he is prepared to challenge me.”

 

He has just about two months to find out. Aaron Humes reporting for News Five.

 

The party also approved four resolutions on major national issues. Thirty-three ‘George Price Service to the People’ awards were given to recipients from each constituency with an additional two awards given to Emmanuel Stuart and Doreth Bevans for their long-time service to the Party Secretariat and the Belize Times Newspaper respectively.  In addition, a ‘Special Lifetime Achievement’ award was given by Party Leader Briceño to former parliamentarian and sister of Price, Jane Usher, for her lifetime of service to Belize both politically and economically as general manager and treasurer of the Holy Redeemer Credit Union.

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1 Response for “P.U.P. Plans National Convention for November; Who Will Challenge John Briceño?”

  1. Marwaione says:

    I hope the Belizean people are wiser this time in voting, reaching out has nothing to do with what you really will deliver especially the underprivileged. Don’t sell your vote or country, my people.

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