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Dec 3, 2018

Johnny B: PM Staying On Signals No Confidence in U.D.P. Party Leader Hopefuls

John Briceño

So while that the leadership bid is an internal U.D.P. matter, today we asked Leader of the Opposition what he makes of the PM’s decision to demit office until his term expires. John Briceño says it is clear that there is no confidence in Saldivar and Faber to take over the leadership – and that it spells trouble for the U.D.P. for the next election.

 

John Briceño, Leader of Opposition

“We in the P.U.P. don’t get involved in the internal affairs of the U.D.P., but what come to mind immediately is that obviously the Prime Minister and some of the ministers have no confidence in the two supposedly front runners. And for them to now make that decision after the Prime Minister had a big press conference earlier this year to announce this departure to reverse that decision, certainly it speaks a lot to the situation within the U.D.P., as to the leadership succession. To me what is most concerning, it is not so much about that, but that here is the Cabinet, the most important body in the country that should be talking about the issues confronting us about crime, poverty, the corruption in Government – there are so many things that they could have been addressing and they spent an entire morning discussing about succession of the U.D.P.  That should be done at their headquarters and not the Cabinet.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Mr. Briceño, with Mr. Barrow staying on up to 2020, does this change or influence anything the PUP does going into the general elections?”

 

John Briceño

“Absolutely not. In effect, it is telling you that the U.D.P. is throwing in the towel – that they don’t have a successor that would be able to take hold of the party leading them into the next general elections. For us, we know what our work is. We need to organize ourselves, strengthening the party so as to prepare the policies that we are going to present to the Belizean people when we form the next government.”

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