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Nov 2, 2011

Immigration Minister Perdomo steps down

Carlos Perdomo

For weeks, there has been a guessing game as to who would be the heir to the U.D.P. throne in Caribbean Shores.  Minster Carlos Perdomo today finally admitted that he would not seek a second term. And while he made an endorsement, Prime Minister Dean Barrow said Caribbean Shores is open for convention. Last week, News Five first reported that businessman Santi Castillo was a likely contender among others who are also exploring the division. Caribbean Shores has not maintained loyalty to any party in the last few elections. After redistricting, former Prime Minister Manuel Esquivel, held the post for the U.D.P. up to 1998, when he lost to the P.U.P.’s Joe Coye who held the constituency up to 2008. It reverted back to the U.D.P. under Perdomo, whose tenure as Minister of National Security, was maligned with violent crime and while he served as Minister of Defense and Immigration, a visa scandal was uncovered. More recently, the B.D.F. as you know, could not keep thieves from stealing forty-two weapons from its armory. And though Perdomo recently denied reports of his political exit, he appeared at the Prime Minister’s quarterly press conference to announce his departure and that all his political might and experience will be used to support and guide Michael Singh, who he hopes will continue the work he has started in Caribbean Shores.

Carlos Perdomo, Caribbean Shores Representative

“After several months of soul searching, private discussions with family members and friends and frank conversations with U.D.P. Caribbean Shores committee members, I have decided to withdraw as the U.D.P. candidate for Caribbean Shores at the next general elections. This has not been an easy decision for me as I love to serve each and all of my constituents, it is never an easy task to say to persons who believe in you and many that love me; that I cannot offer myself for reelection. And it is an ever harder task to set aside for a new candidate in an electoral division that is clearly once again going to choose the United Democratic Party. Nevertheless, my personal physical condition and the grave concern for the health conditions of my dear spouse, urges me to rethink my earlier decision to run as area rep for another term. So today it is my painful duty to write that I am stepping aside—I know the press like to say step down—I am stepping aside to make way for a new U.D.P. candidate in Caribbean Shores. I have shared this situation with our Caribbean Shores committee and in our search to find a most suitable person, we as a team decided to give our full support and endorsement to Michael Singh; an outstanding U.D.P. activist in our Caribbean Shores community. And myself, our committee and our machinery will afford full backing to Mike Singh.”

Dean Barrow

Dean Barrow

“He and his committee have endorsed Mr. Singh. Of course the party can’t do that; that’s the minister and the area rep’s prerogative and we salute him and his committee for their decision, but there is going to be a convention to choose the new U.D.P. standard bearer in Caribbean Shores. That convention chairman I think we agreed will be held on the fourth of December.”

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7 Responses for “Immigration Minister Perdomo steps down”

  1. Victoria says:

    Go Santi u have my support

  2. Rod says:

    One down 12 more to go including the most incompetent pm in the history of Belize. Now tha your turn barrow .

  3. deeend BZ says:

    Please do not let us see them lying in dry dock before one year.

  4. deeend BZ says:

    Please do not let us see them lying in dry dock before one year.

  5. CEO says:

    Rod I do not think Barrow has done all he could and should for the country, but in his defence the man has way more to deal with comopared to back when Price was the PM. I think incompetent is too harsh of a word.

    In terms of Perdomo endorsing anyone he does not have the credibility to do so! When you are leaving office on a low note and endorcement should be a kiss of death and no one should be happy about that. If Singh see this endorcement as a good thing it tells you that he is of the same brand!

    Santi I wish you best!

  6. BlzCun says:

    Way to go i agree tottaly with ROD this incompetent government needs to go and the next one to fall should be Borrow. Incompetent probably not because he is too sinical to let people see all his wrong doings before next election. But definetly illminded toward Belize.

  7. alex says:

    More than being a man of Success, Santi is a man of Value. Go Santi indeed.

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