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Jul 13, 2020

PM Remains in Office Until the End of His Tenure

Dean Barrow

While Patrick Faber is the new leader elect of the U.D.P., he will not be sitting in the Prime Minister’s chair in the current U.D.P. term. And that’s because Prime Minister Dean Barrow will not be demitting office, as he had said, before his tenure as head of the U.D.P. comes to an end in November.  That’s because, as head of government, he is still leading the national response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  So while PM Barrow will serve out the remainder of his tenure, party leader elect Patrick Faber will concentrate on preparing the U.D.P. for the upcoming general elections.  The prime minister’s says his watertight position to remain as leader until the time of the elections is enshrined in the party’s constitution.

 

Reporter

“While your leadership remains unquestioned and unassailed for all these many years, there is also the issue that, who knows, a new leader may say, you have served your time sir, I wish to take the helm.”

 

Dean Barrow, U.D.P. Leader

“Well, we would have to talk I suppose, but I would imagine such a person would be bright enough… to know what the constitution says and to know that legally I am in an unassailable position but you know me, ever the modest fellow.  If it is that whoever wins wishes to come in as prime minister and if that person could get the support of the party for such a move, I would very gladly defer.”

 

Reporter

“You intend to remain on as prime minister right up to the election, is that the understanding?”

 

Dean Barrow

“Indeed sir, or right up to the end of COVID-19, whichever comes first and the way COVID is behaving, it sure as hell ain’t gonna come before the elections.”

 

Patrick Faber, Leader Elect, U.D.P.

“You’re right, it’s a very difficult task but you can’t get chicken when things get tough.  It is why our prime minister and party leader remains in office until the end of this term.  The COVID-19 situation is a very bad one, he is the leader and prime minister while it happened.  What would you have to say about him if he would run away and it is the same.  We know that it is going to be a daunting task moving forward, any new leader of the country will have a very, very difficult task but we don’t run away from challenges in the U.D.P.  We face those challenges and we take them on head-on.”


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