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Mar 9, 2016

P.U.P. Leader Explains New Seating Arrangements in the House

It didn’t make it into Tuesday’s news, since the 2016/2017 Budget took center stage, but was a significant political change on the Opposition side of the gallery. The expected change was that newly sworn in Leader of the Opposition John Briceño would change position to reflect his leadership role. But what wasn’t expected is that Briceño would seat Cordel Hyde in the power seat beside him – where political wisdom would dictate that former Party Leaders Francis Fonseca and Said Musa would sit. It may seem like a small thing, but in a Party which has been in electoral doldrums since 2008, it is significant. We asked Briceño for an explanation as he exited the House.


John Briceño, P.U.P. Leader

“What I wanted to do was to make sure that we bring the people within the members of the assembly to be seating in such a way where they can be most effective. Obviously we believe that Honorable Cordel Hyde can play a very important role in the debates and so is the two former party leaders, the Right Honorable Said Musa and Francis Fonseca. We also decided that we have to bring our deputy leaders and they were recently elected. And since they are recently elected, to represent the seniority in the party and that is pretty much how we decided to put the present seating arrangement in the House.”


Mike Rudon

“Cordel sitting beside you, could that be taken as an indication that there has been some movement made on him being perhaps appointed as national deputy leader?”


John Briceño

John Briceño

“Well I think that it is still a little bit too early to talk about that. What the last national executive gave me the authority to be able to meet with him and to be able to find a meaningful role for him; how best we can use his talents and his abilities and what he represents. So it is based on that directive that I have met with him already and we are still talking at this time and we hope that pretty soon we will be able to present it to the national executive for the national executive to accept whatever changes I propose.”


Mike Rudon

“We notice that the Honorable Francis Fonseca is missing from the House today.”


John Briceño

“Yes, he did inform me that he is out of the country; that is why he is not here today.”

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