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Apr 6, 2016

Is There Bad Blood Between Vega and Barrow?

Gaspar Vega

Gapi’s abrupt notice of retirement has left many to speculate whether his removal from the second most powerful government ministry, the Ministry of Natural Resources, is indeed the catalyst for his departure.  There is also speculation that the sudden announcement succeeded a fallout over his transfer to the Ministry of Agriculture, which is widely seen as a demotion of the Deputy Prime Minister.  Whatever the real political reason is; is there any bitterness between Gapi and Prime Minister Dean Barrow?


Isani Cayetano

“There is this perception that there seems to be some kind of bad blood in the wake of your departure, so to speak.  Can you speak to that?”


Gaspar Vega, Deputy Party Leader, U.D.P.

“I think my probably surprising letter was simply because I thought that it would not have been fair for me to lead people [on to believe] that I’m staying in the party for another term because, as you know, we would not have been having this election for deputy.  We would have had an endorsement but I don’t think it would be fair for me to wait nine months prior to election and tell someone I’m not running again.  And simply, that is one of the reasons why I prompted that move because I didn’t want to get endorsed and then people say well “Mr. Gapi set we up!”  You know, basically that was my move.”



“Sir, the precedence has been set where we’ve seen similar movements and candidates have triggered bye-elections in their constituencies.  Can you comment on what you see would…”
Gaspar Vega

“If my party would think that’s the best thing for me to do for the good of the party, I would be willing to do that.”

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1 Response for “Is There Bad Blood Between Vega and Barrow?”

  1. TheTruthHurts says:

    Barrow is under the Dugu Spell, where are they holding the next party conference ? wake up Belizeans!

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