Screen_Shot_2016-03-10_at_8.34.47_PMNews that Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Agriculture Honorable Gaspar Vega would no longer seek reelection as Area Representative for Orange Walk North considered in the past as a sure seat for the UDP, spread like wild yesterday evening just before news time.

And while the rumor mill continued to churn up until this morning, right before 10:00am the United Democratic Party issued a press release where they confirmed that First Deputy Party Leader Vega, via a letter dated March 8th, 2016, informed the Party of his decision not to stand again for his Orange Walk North seat in the next General Elections.

In the letter addressed to the Party Secretariat Vega states that in view of this early notification of his retirement from electoral politics at the end of the current term, he feels it is right that he not continue as First Deputy Party Leader of the UDP.

The UDP release also states that Vega is no longer prepared to accept the four year endorsement as First Deputy which would have taken effect at the UDP convention on March 20th, 2016.

Hon Vega has made clear that he will continue to "faithfully serve the United Democratic Party and will do the interest of the betterment of the party". He also stated that he will quote “work arduously with my successor to ensure another victory for the great constituency of Orange Walk North", says the UDP.

The UDP points out that Hon Vega's decision regarding his tenure as First Deputy Party Leader, has nothing to do with his position as a Minister of Government and he therefore remains in the Cabinet of Belize.

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