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Feb 12, 2020

Peyrefitte Describes Tone of Emergency U.D.P. Meeting

The Attorney General also responded to a question about the atmosphere of the subsequent session held with all thirty-one standard bearers of the ruling party this afternoon in Belmopan.  He said it was a gathering of mixed emotions but it went smoothly, notwithstanding the worrisome Lev Dermen scandal.


Michael Peyrefitte, Chairman, United Democratic Party

“The best interest of the party, in his view and our view, is more important than one person’s ambition and we respect John, we love John, but in my personal view, I believe he came to the right decision.”


Isani Cayetano

“I am reluctant to ask about what transpired in the Cabinet aspect of the meeting, but insofar as the other area representatives and standard bearers who were brought in, what was that discussion like and what was the atmosphere inside the room in terms of opinions and sharing of positions on this matter?”


Michael Peyrefitte

Michael Peyrefitte

“Well, it wasn’t as raucous as most people would have wanted it to be.  It was not that at all, we had, as I alluded to earlier, a full and frank discussion about the best interest of the party.  It was productive, there was love and there was sadness of the situation.  There was the urgency given the fact that we have to face the Belizean people and tell the Belizean people that we believe that it is right for the country and for the party to ask our leader elect to remove himself from that position.  It’s not easy, but it was a healthy discussion, it was a wonderful discussion and the prime minister decided, which I think was the best decision, to include all thirty-one standard bearers for the next election so that they could have an input and a say as to what they felt was the best interest of the party going forward.  Remember, all thirty-one standard bearers had their sixteen delegates, so it’s only fair to include them in the meeting so we could hear their thoughts. But the prime minister is the chairman of Cabinet and the Prime Minister decides how he wants to deal with the Cabinet.  So the Prime Minister couldn’t remove him as leader because he was duly elected, but the prime minister, as he said in his statement, was duty bound to ask him to resign from the leadership of the party.”

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