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Jun 21, 2021

Faber Recall Could Be Swift

Patrick Faber

The recall petition seeking to oust United Democratic Party Leader Patrick Faber is under review.  Today, Chairman of the U.D.P., Michael Peyrefitte hosted a zoom briefing to talk about the process which includes verifying the signatures and then setting a time and place to do the recall vote.  He notes that while there is no timeline set for the recall vote to take place, he intends to do it very soon.  If Faber is recalled, the national convention must take place within three months from that date.


Michael Peyrefitte, Chairman, U.D.P.

“We have a petition on our desk, a recall petition. I have looked at it. I have called a Central Executive meeting for this Thursday. We will meet and discuss the way forward because my goal is to get it over with quickly. Go to a convention and have a vote, either they will vote, the delegates to keep the Honorable Patrick Faber as the leader or they will recall him. But my thinking is to just get on with it. Get it done as quickly as possible and give both sides a chance to get ready. Two-thirds, while some may say it is a high threshold, I think it is a fair threshold. If you want to remove someone then you have to come overwhelmingly in favor of removing the leader. All we are saying is that these are the delegates; these are the people eligible to vote. If a certain amount of people come to vote and two-thirds say that he should be removed, and then he is removed. If that threshold is not met then Mr. Faber remains.  And It is not just two-thirds of the five hundred and eighteen. It is two-thirds of those who show up to vote. Because the U.D.P. constitution is clear – it is two-thirds of those present on the given day that the choice is made. So, if only five people show up that day and three votes to recall then he is recalled. If less than three votes for him not to be recalled, then he is not recalled. So, it is as simple as that.”


Michael Peyrefitte


“Is there an option to perhaps meet with the group to for some sort of mediation process before taking it all the way to the national party council?”


Michael Peyrefitte

“I would believe that that type of situation is always good and healthy. I would have hoped that that would have occurred before and there is nothing that prevents it from occurring now. But having filed the petition with the party, as the Chairman of the Party I have to respect that petition. But I don’t want to get involved in the two sides but if they choose to come together and Mr. Herrera were to approach the Secretariat and say that they must sit down with the leader nor can I tell the leader he must sit down that with them to work anything out but he they come to that on their own then that would be beautiful and we wouldn’t have to go through that but what I have before me is a petition and I have to proceed with that petition.”

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