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Feb 20, 2020

John Saldivar Has Yet to Tender Resignation as Leader-Elect of the U.D.P.

Belmopan Area Representative, John Saldivar, is holding on to his position that he did not participate in any corrupt act with or on behalf of accused fraudster Lev Dermen and Jacob Kingston.  A week ago, Saldivar submitted his letter of resignation from cabinet and is no longer the Minister of National Security, but on paper, he remains the leader-elect of the U.D.P.  That’s because Saldivar has not formally resigned from the position. Saldivar says that on February twelfth, he informed Prime Minister Dean Barrow and his cabinet colleagues of his decision to resign as the leader-elect of the party, but he has yet to actually do so. The party’s chairman, Michael Peyrefitte says that there is no concern there because Saldivar has not indicated that he is challenging his resignation.

Michael Peyrefitte

Michael Peyrefitte, Chairman, United Democratic Party 

“It is not a concerned for me. You could take it any which way you want. You get two decent lawyers and they can give you two different arguments on the same matter and they both sound good. The leader elect, or the former leader elect is not indicating that he is challenging his resignation or anything to that effect. So that is not an issue for us.”



“So as far as you all are concerned he has constructively resigned? I know that the U.D.P. likes that term.”


Michael Peyrefitte

“As far as I am concerned, yes he has resigned.”


Hipolito Novelo

“But on paper he still remains as the leader-elect.”


Michael Peyrefitte

“No, in my view he has resigned.”



“In your view, but the lawyers could argue.”


Michael Peyrefitte

“I mean you could argue anything in court. Ask the P.U.P.  They would like to litigate themselves into government.”

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