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Nov 17, 2017

U.D.P. Ripe for Implosion?

John Briceño

And speaking of politics, the People’s United Party is licking its chops at the prospect of a potential United Democratic Party implosion after ten years of dominance at the polls. With Prime Minister Dean Barrow set to retire after three terms and more than three decades in government, the next leader of the U.D.P. is not so clear-cut. Will it be Gaspar Vega, drummed out after a succession of scandals at the Lands Department? Or John Saldivar, tainted by his association with accused murderer Danny Mason? Or Patrick Faber, the current first deputy regarded as a man-child by friends and opponents alike? Quite apart from gloating over the situation in which the Opposition found itself just a few short years ago, P.U.P. leader John Briceño sees a golden opportunity for his party.


John Briceño, P.U.P. Leader

“Should I say I’m enjoying this? (Laughter) But it is something that was bound to happen. The present leader, the Right Honorable Dean Barrow has ruled the U.D.P. with a firm fist, that he controls it. And because of that attitude or the way he leads, from my understanding he has not allowed young leaders to develop in the U.D.P., and the leaders they have been discredited. You have Gaspar Vega – completely and totally discredited as one of the most corrupt ministers this country has ever seen. You have John Saldivar – that has been implicated with Danny Mason and a lot of corrupt activities that have taken place during his time. You have the other deputy leader – [Erwin] Contreras; everybody knows about him. The Immigration report, stated that [according to] the Auditor General, he was bringing in so-called investors, they come in on Sunday and Monday they get their nationality and Tuesday they get their passport and then they are gone, you never hear from them again. So all of them have been implicated and all of them have been disgraced. And then we have Patrick Faber; he is the deputy Prime Minister but I think his biggest problem is that he is not mature enough; in many instances he acts like a child, and he has been unable to get the support and respect of his colleagues in Cabinet and outside of Cabinet and I believe that is why they are continuing to have these problems.”

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