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May 31, 2016

Bitter Camps Try to Mend Fences

That convention for leader, if there is one, won’t be for another four years, and Faber isn’t looking that far ahead. For now it’s about healing any bad feelings arising out of the deputy leader campaign and the Convention, and Faber says that will be his priority going ahead. And just in case you were wondering, he will be doing so as the Deputy Prime Minister of the U.D.P.  He confirmed today that he will be officially installed in that position.


Patrick Faber, Deputy Party Leader, U.D.P.

“We are intent on mending fences. It is inevitable I believe after these conventions, especially one that has so much at stake, for there to be hard feelings. I really would have wished for an easier course in terms of solving the problem, but evidently it is not going to be as easy as I would want it and I am prepared to extend an olive branch to all of my colleagues. There was no manipulation and cheating on my part; I won fair and square. I won according to the principles of the party; that is that the national convention is the supreme body that makes this decision. The national convention is made up of those five hundred and eighty-nine delegates. There was a fair race; I don’t think that anybody could complain about any hanky-panky going on in the election process itself. I think that all will understand and all will agree that it was a fair, fair race. And you know, it might take my colleagues a while to realize that this is the situation, but I am confident that they will come around and I am confident that I am going to do my best to make sure that they know that I am ready and willing and able to sit down to talk to work out any difference or difficulties that might exist so that we can get on with the business of governing the party and the country.”

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