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    Friday, 07 September 2018 02:44
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Tonight there is no shying away from the fact that there is political unrest within the People’s United Party. Last week the media was buzzing with the latest that followed the release of what should have been a private conversation between Orange Walk Central Area Representative John Briceno and two other party supporters in which he made unprecedented allegations that incriminates high ranking officials in his party. While Briceno has refrained from commenting on the matter except to say that he had a private conversation and that he in the end supports the party leader Francis Fonseca, Belizeans are skeptical about the party’s reform efforts.

 

As has been reported nationally, there is doubt surrounding Fonseca’s leadership especially following what some are saying is the historic win by the United Democratic Party for the municipal elections. Last week the party executives reiterated the party’s continued work towards further reform but there has also been talk about a possible convention. When faced by the media, Orange Walk Central Area Representative John Briceno again expressed support for the party leader.


Screen_Shot_2015-03-16_at_7.57.03_PMHonorable John Briceno – Orange Walk Central Area Representative


“Well we are going way ahead of ourselves right now at this time. I think that yes, the party leader is listening to what is going on within the party and I do believe if more people were to talk to him and ask him for a national convention, I think that is something that he will do. That he will seriously consider. As to whether anybody will challenge the party leader, I think that is something that will be look at, at that time. Certainly it is not something that can be looked at presently today.”


But while there is talk about a convention, that is all it is – talk. On the same day, PUP Party Leader Francis Fonseca said that a resolution that has been passed in the party protects his seat.


Francis Fonseca, P.U.P. Leader


“That was reiterated and supported by all of the members of the parliamentary caucus, the national executive, the standard bearers…so that remains the position.”

Reporter


“Not to be revisited?”


Francis Fonseca, P.U.P. Leader


“Not to be revisited.”


Reporter


“Even in view of the fact the P.U.P. is clearly doing something wrong in so far as the election results are going in the wrong direction.”


Francis Fonseca, P.U.P. Leader


“That’s something for us to fix. That’s for us to fix and we will fix it.”


Reporter


“But fixing it may require challenging some of these people who are apparently or something is wrong that their work is not having the desired output.”


Francis Fonseca, P.U.P. Leader


“Well that’s your view.”


Reporter


“But it is the results sir. The results indicate that the desired output is not being achieved so something must be wrong. It can’t be that the U.D.P. is that great.”


Francis Fonseca, P.U.P. Leader


“And we will fix it. We will fix what is wrong. You are suggesting that the candidates are the source of the problem and we are saying we will fix what is wrong. We do not believe that the candidates are the source of the problem. We will fix whatever needs to be fixed moving forward.”


Reporter


“Sir, but normally they say the buck stops at the party leader not only the candidates. But you are saying we are going to fix what is going to happen, but you can’t challenge me.”


Francis Fonseca, P.U.P. Leader


“Yes, that’s the position of my party not my position, that is the position of my party. Whether you like it or not, I enjoy the support and the confidence of the people who are standard bearers, representatives, chairpersons of this party—there may be exceptions—but whether you like that or not Mike, that is the position of the People’s United Party.”


Both Briceno and Fonseca talk about a united effort to reinstating the PUP to its former glory.

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