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Jul 10, 2020

Who will the Prime Minister Vote for on Sunday?

Patrick Faber

In the build up to the February ninth leadership convention, former Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber had a public spat with Mesopotamia Area Representative Shyne Barrow.  At the time, the prime minister’s son was a staunch supporter of Faber’s political opponent John Saldivar and several nasty exchanges were made by the two on social media.  Both U.D.P. candidates have since mended fences and Shyne is now on Team Faber.  But is the switch indicative of where the prime minister’s vote on Sunday will be placed?  Here’s how Faber answered that question.

 

Patrick Faber, Leadership Candidate, U.D.P.

“The prime minister has at least on the last few occasions said that he would not interfere in the conventions.  The prime minister, I am pretty sure, has his personal vote on Sunday and like in the last convention, as he indicated to you, he does have a preference and that he would be moving to work for that preference but not in a public kind of way.  You would have to ask him about that on this occasion, if you could catch him before Sunday.  But in terms of Shyne, I will tell you that I am really genuinely proud of my brother.  He, as you‘ve said, was a very, very outspoken opponent of my candidacy the last time around and it took a little bit of healing after the convention, to be honest, it did not happen overnight but I reached out to him and we agreed that this kind of back and forth thing, if you will, is not healthy for the party.  We‘ve always maintained that we both wanted to see the best for the party and while I don‘t think any of my colleagues who have now said they won‘t support Saldivar in this campaign and I will tell you that none of the people who were supporting me, if you check the record, have now said that they are supporting Saldivar.  So there are only in fact, proven gains that I have made in this race. I think what is certain is that he has indicated that indeed he wants good leadership for the future of this party, he wants to leave the party in good hands.  He has said about me, which you have seen many times over, you have heard him say that, there is record of him saying this over the many years that I have served as his deputy or even served as his minister in cabinet, that he believes that I am competent and capable and that I have that integrity and honesty to lead the party and carry it on.  So, does the prime minister support me?  Of course he does.  He has said this many times over.”

 

Reporter

“Does he support you right now in July 2020?”

 

Patrick Faber

“I believe he does but that‘s a question you‘d have to ask him.  He‘s not said that publicly and so I believe that his support is behind me.  I believe that on the election day, on convention day the personal vote from Dean Barrow will be for Patrick Faber.  I have no doubt about that in my mind.”


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