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Jul 12, 2021

Faber Says Khalid Belisle’s Removal was an Injustice

The recent senatorial shuffle saw former Belmopan Mayor Khalid Belisle’s stint as a parliamentarian come to an abrupt end when he was replaced by former Senate President Darrell Bradley.  The move was essentially to pave the way for Bradley’s likely ascent to leadership should a recall of Patrick Faber be successful.  Belisle now appears to be collateral damage in the power struggle. When asked about the recent reordering of opposition senators, the incumbent U.D.P. leader says it was an injustice that fell Belisle.

 

Reporter

“We know that the new Leader of the Opposition has shifted out one of the senators that you had originally chosen, in the name of Khalid Belisle, to replace him with Darrell Bradley.  Are you comfortable with the senatorial lineup as they are?”

 

Patrick Faber

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

“When I made the decision for the senators, I did that in consultation with my leadership team and even the shadow cabinet.  While the shadow cabinet are all by my design, the parliamentary team is made up of those who are elected but also those who were appointed, sorry, the senators who were being appointed and I shared, consulted with my colleagues, and at no time did anybody have any difficulty.  We asked Senator Aldo Salazar to stay on because he was once a senator under the last administration while we waited for Khalid Belisle to finish his term.  And I will tell you, I think it was an unjust thing to do to former Mayor Khalid Belisle, he only served in fact about a month, had only one meeting.  I think Khalid has a bright and shining future and so it’s to me an injustice that was done to him, but at this time it’s too premature to say what will happen.  People need to know that the other two senators that were there were only temporary, they were only appointed for that day because we had one of our senators sick.”


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