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May 13, 2015

Did Ramos Step Down on His Own or Was He Pushed Out?

Ivan Ramos

Now the P.U.P. controls all the seats in the south, but the results of an audit show that all is not well so changes are anticipated elsewhere in the south where representatives are not considered viable going into the next election. Three weeks ago, Ramos heard that the tide was turning against him because highly connected persons in the south wanted him out due to internal strife with his own committee. But Ramos for one was not going quietly into the night. The area representative spoke his mind when he took the podium at today’s press conference warning that “the party is just bowing into what the U.D.P.s are saying.”


Ivan Ramos, P.U.P. Area Rep., Dangriga

“My brothers and sisters and as a party, I know we are at a crossroad and I have listened to the call for changes and that there will be changes. I want to say to my party that I believe yes, change; yes, you want that assurance that we will form the government. But let me give a word of caution. Be careful what you are doing. I ask that you be careful what you are doing. I am not a person that talks too much; especially, I don’t entertain idle talk. I hate idle talk. I have never entertained idle talk so I am not the kind of person that even attracts those kinds of persons. This party has been engaged in too much idle talk and it is hurting the party. It is something that I’ve said around the table before and I am saying it again. You will cause your own destruction if you don’t desist from this behavior. In Dangriga, my brothers and sisters, the fundamentals are still the same: joblessness, lack of opportunities and more so when it comes to our young people. I wanted, in fact, my involvement in politics was to change these circumstances into something better. And my fight, answering the call at the time, was to do just that. I want to challenge Mister Sabal and the rest of us that it is not always about politics, politics, politics. Yes that is important; that is how governments are form; but the people of Dangriga, Sarawee and Hope Creek want somebody that will stand for them and will do the work to create opportunities and that is a serious call and what I hope will be the mantra and the agenda of our party going into the next election. I also want to caution that folks, let us understand that to me, this party is just bowing into what the U.D.P.s are saying. Said Musa too old now ih di bow into that. I heard it long ago, that I will not run for the general elections. I heard it long ago. So when three weeks ago when my very good friend from Belmopan came and said, this is it; I said, fine. I was already contemplating and there are those who believe that we should fight loud and beat the chest and things of the sort. I have never fought that way. So if you are looking for that kind of person, I am not the person indeed.”

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