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Oct 19, 2020

Shouldn’t Patrick Faber be Interim Prime Minister?

Patrick Faber

The proverbial baton for leadership of the United Democratic Party was passed on to Patrick Faber by outgoing party leader Dean Barrow during a virtual rally on October eighth.  While PM Barrow has stepped down from the helm of the party, he has not resigned as head of government.  The Constitution of Belize determines that the leader of the party with the most seats in the House of Representatives becomes the prime minister of the country.  This afternoon, we asked Party Leader Faber to weigh in on what should have been part of the U.D.P. succession plan.


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

“The leader of the party when the parliament is active, and the parliament is not active at this time, I don’t see why that is so difficult to understand.  The National Assembly was dissolved, so the prime minister is only the prime minister until the elections occur and the prime minister did not resign as leader of our party.  The transition happened after he was no longer the leader of the party in the house because the house was dissolved.  So that is a very straightforward matter and no, I have no illusions or no kind of pressing nature on my part to become prime minister before November twelfth.  When that day comes, you can be assured after securing the majority of seats in this country I will be pressing very much so to become the new prime minister of Belize.”

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