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Nov 18, 2011

Mark and Cordel removed from P.U.P. Executive

Francis Fonseca

P.U.P. Leader Francis Fonseca called his first meeting of the national executive this morning at Independence Hall. The main agenda item was the configuration of his new executive. Fonseca asked the executive to authorize him to make pertinent changes. He then presented a proposal of how he wanted the new executive to look. With the resignation of Eamon Courtenay, Julius Espat is to become the new national campaign manager. The post of treasurer that Julius leaves is to be filled by Sydney Campbell, the former governor of the Central Bank. Narda Garcia and Lisa Shoman exchange posts; Garcia takes over policy from Shoman who is named as the director of communications.  But the major move is in respect of the deputy leaders. There were five, but Fonseca proposes to cut that down to three and wipe out the rank of senior deputy party leaders. So essentially Mike Espat and Carolyn Trench remain as deputies and Florencio Marin Jr. is elevated as the third deputy. With that stroke, Mark Espat and Cordel Hyde are removed as senior deputies and from the national executive. Espat and Hyde have by and large absented themselves from most party functions and as recently as last month, Espat turned down the leadership of the party. They were both not present at the installation of Francis Fonseca as party leader last month.  The removal of Espat and Hyde was predictable under Fonseca. Back in 2008 the so called old guard attempted to go the full gamut and expel Espat and Hyde from the party. Well this morning, Fonseca’s formula essentially boxed out the Albert and Lake I representatives since as he put it, those who do not want to engage should leave. After the meeting, Fonseca downplayed his move.

Francis Fonseca, Leader of the Opposition

“We had a meeting of the national executive today. it was an internal private meeting.  We discussed several matters we will be later on in the week putting out a release on the matter.”

Jose Sanchez

“There were reports Mark and Cordel were taken out of the executive..

No decisions have been made today. It was an internal meeting of the national executive of the Peoples United Party. And later in the week a release will put out on the matter. But is it safe to say that this concerns Mark and Cordell in the executive?”

Francis Fonseca
“This concerns the composition and structure of the national executive of the Peoples United Party. And I have been authorized by the national executive to put together a new executive moving forward. And that is what I will be working on in the next few days.”

Jose Sanchez

“Will it have 36 members?”

Francis Fonseca
“Ahm, I don’t know Jules I hope not. I don’t think that has been very efficient. So that is one of the objectives of my mandate to try and streamline as best as possible. But I’ll be working on that over the next few days. And early next week we will be able to put out a release to say who the new members of the national executive are.”

It is not known if other changes are proposed but technically the decisions taken by the national executive normally go the national party council for ratification. We contacted Mark Espat but he wished to offer no comment on his imminent removal.

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11 Responses for “Mark and Cordel removed from P.U.P. Executive”

  1. Informed Belizean says:


  2. Earl Grey says:


  3. Stephen says:

    It is about time as all must know everything have a head and we must acknowledge that. Those two now that there is a problem they should meet behind close doors and discuss the matter before showing them self and damage our party. If they cannot do good then beat the road and stop the foolishness. We appreciate both of you as you are winners in your constituency but you need to follow the party rules work with the leader.

  4. EMS says:

    It’s about time, these two were always pussyfooting around as if they are above the party. Many years ago in a conversation with the late Rt. Hon George C. Price, I recall he made it emphatically clear ” no one is above the party”. Good ridance to these two, perhaps now they can resign as crybabies and run to channel 7 to tell their stories. Que viva el PUP. Mr. Party Leader, you did the right thing. We fully support and salute you.

  5. Bulba Martinez says:

    Two Mokey noh wa stop dih show, goh deh Francis, time is of essence. Let’s go forward, Dean haf to goh.

  6. barley blair says:

    Francis made the right move. Mark and Cordel have shown no interest in supporting the new leader or working together with the national executive to carry out the work of the Party. They have just sat at the table and eaten the food prepared for them. Leave them out in the wilderness and let them fend for themselves. They have been given enough.

  7. Marie says:

    2 rats and traitors-get out of PUP and never come back-run on an “independnet” ticket and see how much votes you will get-ungrateful ………

  8. Charlie Price says:

    I guess that the “ZINC FENCE STRATEGY” did not work. They need to SHAPE UP or SHIP OUT to a Third Party.

  9. LARGE AND SEXY says:


  10. John says: says:

    Great Move Party Leader Hon.Francis
    and very soon Prime Minister Of Belize,

    These was the kind a leader we were waiting in the PUP, be strong you know that the Kremandala ,Channel 7 and the UDP,s will started to critique you more, but for the love of Belize and the People United Party you did what is the best road ahead for this great party. Even a blind person could see how these two traitors were just playing games in our great party.

  11. Big Man says:

    Stay strong you two. Let it blow over like a lee breeze.

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