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Apr 8, 2008

Francis plays hardball on P.U.P. convention

Story PictureTo the victor go the spoils. That’s one of the basic laws of war and politics. But some of those on the losing side of last month’s P.U.P. convention are defying that axiom and are now giving the new leader the same kind of trouble he once gave to former party chief Said Musa. In a letter from Francis Fonseca to Johnny Briceño leaked to the media this evening, Fonseca spurns Briceño’s offer of the job as party chairman, saying that he cannot serve as part of new national executive that is being unconstitutionally elected. To make his and other new appointments kosher, Fonseca urges Briceño to call a pre-convention meeting of the present twenty-five member executive.

But with a solid majority on that executive thought to be hostile to Briceño, the new leader has no intention of calling any meeting. His supporters point out that the P.U.P. constitution allows for the holding of a special convention and that it is that body which is supreme over all the party’s affairs.

Another challenge to Briceño’s leadership comes from Fonseca’s former campaign manager and the only one of three deputy leaders who has not resigned, Godfrey Smith. Smith told News Five today that he was elected for a two year term in 2007 and means to complete his term of office. When asked by News Five if resigning was not the right thing to do, Smith said that he would consider that option only if Briceño spoke to him at a meeting of the current party executive. In the run up to the last convention Smith referred to Briceño as an “intellectual lightweight”.

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