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Jul 14, 2020

Gapi Vega Won’t Run for Re-election in 2020

Gapi Vega is out in Orange Walk North. The former Deputy prime Minister had been inactive and without a portfolio for some time but resurfaced when John Saldivar launched his candidacy. His fall from grace came when it was exposed that his son Andre, had been given hundreds of thousands of dollars for land compensation while Vega was the powerful Minister of Lands.  Vega’s intention to no longer run as the area representative in that U.D.P.-held constituency has been confirmed via a letter to Chairman Michael Peyrefitte.  In that letter, Vega writes, “I wish to inform the party I will not be seeking re-election as area representative for the Orange Walk North division.”  The decision comes after careful thought in consultation with my family and closest friends, unquote.  The big man in the north, a well-known supporter of John Saldivar, had made it clear prior to the outcome of the convention that he would not serve under Patrick Faber’s leadership.  In a previous interview with the media, Faber had spoken strongly against Vega in respect of allegations of corruption.  On Friday, as well as during his victory address, Faber responded to the idea of Vega’s departure.

 

Reporter

“Would Gaspar Vega have a place in the U.D.P. as a candidate for Orange Walk North?”

 

Gaspar Vega

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

“Mr. Vega, as far as I know, is the only one who has expressed an interest in Orange Walk North and I will say on the record that at this time I don‘t see a better candidate for the U.D.P. in Orange Walk North.  We are four months away from an election and the truth is that I don‘t have a problem with Gaspar running in the Orange Walk North seat.  So that, if you hear anything otherwise, it does not come from me.  They‘ve said that Mr. Vega would depart if I become the leader, I would hope that he does not.  I think he does have a place in the U.D.P.  I think everybody…”

 

Reporter

“You know that you’ve said the opposite in the past.”

 

Patrick Faber

Patrick Faber

“Direct opposite of what?”

 

Reporter

“That he has no place in the U.D.P.”

 

Patrick Faber

“That is not up to me.  That is what I’ve said in the past.  That is not ultimately up to me.”

 

Reporter

“But when you are leader it’s kind of up to you.”

 

Patrick Faber

“None at all. I will make every effort possible to sit with them and to talk with them to see if we can work together forward, but ultimately, if that is not possible, then this party will go on.  This is a mass party, we have talent all over.  It might take us a little while, I’m hoping that we can be quick about finding candidates if that is the case, but I suspect that that will be a very minimal amount that we will have to deal with and we will move forward in a very united fashion, nonetheless.”


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