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Feb 4, 2020

Scandal after Scandal Rocks U.D.P. Administration

Patrick Faber

The scandal-ridden U.D.P. is gearing up for a leadership convention this weekend after which it will also prepare for general elections.  Amid the Lev Dermen scandal, as well as the recent auditor general’s audits on the National Sports Council and Julian Cho Technical High School, how will public outrage on these matters impact the party’s chances?  Deputy Prime Minister Faber admits that it’s a black eye on the party but maintains his position that the U.D.P. remains on good footing to win the forthcoming general elections.

 

Isani Cayetano

“How badly has this scandal, in your opinion, rocked the party and, of course, what are the chances of the effects coming forth before the 2020 general elections?”

 

Patrick Faber, Deputy Prime Minister

“Well, we, as you’ve heard the prime minister say, in terms of the government aspect of things, I agree perfectly with his position.  It is that we must have the proper evidence for some kind of concrete action to be taken.  As bad as people may want to see something else happen, it has to be that due process is given to consider any kind of harsh action like that against anybody in the cabinet.  I think that is the just thing to do on the part of the prime minister.  But certainly as it relates to perception, I think our party has taken a blow.  Whether or not it is true, whether or not it is factual that these kinds of engagements have been made by my opponent or anybody else, it has really caused the party to be put under pressure and in that regard I am saying that it’s going to be very difficult.  It has made our chances to move ahead a bit more difficult but it does not make it impossible.  In fact, I think that our position to win a fourth term in government is very strong.  I think that we are certainly far more in a position to win that fourth term, to win another term or to be re-elected, I should say, versus the P.U.P.’s chances of coming back.  And I am positive that with the healing that will come after this convention, certainly if I am the leader of the party I will make all presses to do that.”


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