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Mar 17, 2020

Faber and Saldivar to Lock Horns for Leadership Again

The United Democratic Party is gearing up for yet another clash of the titans as it goes into a second contested convention to choose a new leader.  It promises to be a repeat of the February ninth showdown, during which former Deputy Party Leader Patrick Faber faced Belmopan Area Representative John Saldivar and suffered a stunning defeat.  This time, however, Cayo North Area Rep Omar Figueroa will be joining the fray.  Figueroa’s name had been tossed around as a consensus candidate.  Now, on Monday, disgraced politician and former Minister of National Security John Saldivar took to social media where he essentially told his political opponent to back down from the leadership race and instead join him in endorsing Figueroa’s candidacy.  But Faber, who has been groomed for leadership and has risen in the rank within the U.D.P. over several decades, still has his eyes on the coveted seat.  Saldivar, on the other hand, was removed from the leadership of the party seventy-two hours after having defeated Faber, because he had accepted monies from convicted fraudster Lev Dermen.  Saldivar said in text messages that it was for campaign financing, but later publicly said it was for the purchase of sports equipment and maintains that he did not commit a crime. He was, however, found guilty of lying to the prime minister and his cabinet colleagues after being asked directly whether he accepted monies going back to 2013.  Saldivar has been chided by others within his party for offering himself for leadership once again, despite the massive scandal he brought upon the U.D.P. regarding the Lev Dermen affair. Still, Saldivar and Faber are both on the ballot for U.D.P. leadership.


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