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Feb 12, 2020

Can John Saldivar Still Enter the Next U.D.P. Leadership Race?

Michael Peyrefitte

Former Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber, who resigned on Monday, following defeat during the February ninth leadership convention, is contemplating a return to the race whenever a subsequent date is set for the leadership convention.  And while that remains pending, his political opponent turned benched Cabinet minister, Saldivar, may very well be back in the saddle when that date is set.  Here’s how the party chairman explained it.

 

Isani Cayetano

“What if the Honorable Patrick Faber was to decide, in light of all that has happened and the stunning loss he took on Sunday, to offer his name once again?  What, in your opinion, would be the dynamics between others who chose Saldivar over him this time around, perhaps as an observation on your part?”

 

Michael Peyrefitte, Chairman, United Democratic Party

“There would be no dynamics.  If the party decides that it wants to hold another convention, Minister Faber is free to put in his name to run as the leader of the party.  It would be interesting to note, but even the Honorable John Saldivar would be free to put his name.  He has resigned but if the party chooses to have another convention he could choose at that point again to put in his name having stepped down technically when you look at it that way.  So look, parties have conventions and if the party decides to have a convention anybody who is a member of the National Assembly can apply to be the leader of the party.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“Do you still believe that there is strength going forward that the U.D.P. can in fact win a fourth consecutive term in light of all of this?”

 

Michael Peyrefitte

“Absolutely, and I will tell you what, what this prime minister has demonstrated is that he‘s a man of his word and he‘s a man of principle and integrity.  He told this nation that there are only allegations that one of his ministers took money from this man.  He told the nation that every minister in Cabinet told him no, they didn’t accept any monies from this man, that until evidence rears its head he would do nothing and act in no way until he sees that evidence, he has seen that evidence and true to his word, he has decided to deal with that particular minister by not just asking him to resign as leader, but by indefinitely suspending him from the Cabinet.  The P.U.P. don‘t do that, only the U.D.P. does that.  So no matter what issues may be happening in the U.D.P., we are still head and shoulders above the People’s United Party and I don‘t think that with all the issues that we have that Johnny Briceño is a better alternative than whichever leader the U.D.P. were to choose to lead it into the next general elections.”


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