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Oct 11, 2017

P.U.P. Leader Claimed Kareem Was on His Side

John Briceño

On the occasion of the National Party Council meeting in Belize City, party leader John Briceño was asked specifically about a Kareem Musa leadership challenge and whether the timing of the convention was by design, to forestall any momentum developing for such a challenge. Briceño maintained that the decision was all about mobilizing the party, and claimed that while there is always speculation, that the last time he had spoken to Musa it was to secure his support moving forward and that Musa had, to that point, not indicated plans for such a challenge.

 

John Briceño, P.U.P. Leader [File: October 2nd, 2017]

“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?”

 

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.”

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