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Oct 11, 2017

Kareem Musa for P.U.P. Leader? He Says He is Considering Options

Is there an unexpected challenge for the leadership of the People’s United Party ahead of a national convention in the weeks ahead?  Deputy Party Leader Kareem Musa called a press today; he did not spell out he is, but instead he said he is weighing his options.  Musa, the son of the former Prime Minister Said Musa, entered the political fray in 2015 and then went on to upset Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley during general elections held in November of that year in the Caribbean Shores constituency. He would then ascend to deputy party leader of the P.U.P.  Now, at the September thirtieth National Party Council, Party Leader John Briceño called for a national convention in late November 2017 putting all positions in the executive up for grabs. At the time, Briceño spoke highly of Musa, but did expect an imminent challenge to his leadership by the junior politician.  While Musa stopped short of declaring his candidacy for party leader, he says he has been receiving calls from a number of fellow area representatives and standard bearers who have raised serious concerns about the party’s direction.  So is the fairly green politician eyeing the seat held by six-term area representative John Briceño?  Here’s what he said this morning.


Kareem Musa

Kareem Musa, Deputy Party Leader, P.U.P.

“I haven’t made a decision in that regard as yet.  I have spoken with the party leader last week and I indicated to him that since he called the convention and since he did an interview, I believe, shortly after the convention, on that same day, and Ms. Marisol Amaya asked him a question whether or not he knows he’s going to be challenged.  I think that was the question, and in particular, mentioning me.  I don’t know if I should blame or credit Marisol with that question.  But what that has done, because as Marisol can tell you, I have never indicated to her that I have any intention of challenging the leader at this time.  But naturally what that has done is, I’ve been getting a lot of calls.  Many supporters from the party have been asking me to please consider it, even though, like I said, it was never my intention from this stage.  We only had a leadership convention eighteen months ago, and personally I believe it is not in the best interest of the party at this point to be holding a convention.  I also indicated that to the party leader.  We are months away from a municipal election and that really should be where our focus is, on the municipal elections.  So I think it disappointed a lot of our area reps and standard bearers, that in fact we are going to be having a convention, not necessarily a contested convention but regardless, there’s a lot of resources that go into a national convention and the message that I have been getting from a lot of the municipalities is that these resources could have been applied to their causes because, as you know, that should be the focus at this point.  But the long and short of your question, the long and short answer is that I am considering it.  I owe it to those individuals that are calling me, to those standard bearers and area reps; I owe it to them to consider it.”

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1 Response for “Kareem Musa for P.U.P. Leader? He Says He is Considering Options”

  1. carlos says:

    A waste of time. Check who are behind him. Area rep of Fort George and Freetown. They will be the once to influence him. He has not even been a minister and wants to jump very high. Take no chance Belize. Keep united behind a good proven leader as J B.

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