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The recent land scandal involving a number of illegal transactions made during the former Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega’s tenure as Minister of Lands, has resulted in his resignation from Cabinet earlier this week leaving behind his portfolio in the Ministry of Agriculture. The leaked documents showed that the government had compensated various individuals for land titles sold to them that were already privately owned including Vega’s son who received $400,000 as compensation while a company by known as Ron J Limited was recompensed with one million dollars.

There is no doubt that Vega’s shocking resignation has definitely caused another blow out to the Barrow Administration due to the fact that the Orange Walk North Constituency is considered as a stronghold for the United Democratic Party. But while it might have a negative effect on the UDP, it does look quite enlightening for the People’ United Party for the next general elections. However, during an interview with the media, PUP leader Hon. John Briceno stated that he not does find enjoyment or any delight in the trials currently faced by Vega and further added that the decision lies in the hands of the people from the North Constituency as to whether or not he should be recalled.


Screen_Shot_2016-10-20_at_8.10.25_PMHonorable John Briceno – Party Leader, PUP


“I do not relish the misfortune that honorable Gaspar Vega  has been through he has a family, he has children I know what they are going through it is difficult but politically yes we are going to benefit from it because he has weakened considerably the UDP in the north but evidence is there that the minister made some deliberate decisions then like every other citizen he must be held accountable for his action and his decisions.”


Reporter


“I heard it was enough evidence for him to resign as minister and calling him to resign as area representative of Orange Walk North?”


Honorable John Briceno – Party Leader, PUP


“I think that is a decision for the people of Orange Walk North to do this very same government has put in a mechanism where representatives can be recall and if the people of Orange Walk North believe that Mr. Vega should no longer represent them so I think that they should take whatever action deemed necessary to have recall in Orange Walk North.” 

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