On Sunday March 20th the United Democratic Party will hold its National Convention in Dangriga where Prime Minister Dean Barrow will be endorsed as Leader of the party and Erwin Contreras will be endorsed as second Deputy Leader of the party. In that convention Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega would have been endorsed as the First Deputy Leader. That however, won’t happen since Vega does not want the position and has also indicated that he will no longer be seeking re-election in the next general election.

Vegas decision to retire early from politics took many by surprise including Minister of Labour, Local Government and Rural Development, Hugo Patt.

Screen_Shot_2016-03-17_at_8.13.53_PMHugo Patt - Minister of Labour, Local Government and Human Development

“It is a huge lost for us here in the north but it is a decision that he has taken and we respect that decision as much as I can tell you that the Minister has indicated that he will supportive of our efforts and certainly as a party we have to move we have to make sure that we have the necessary kind of gear to be in ground personally I am so thankful for him to be his support and certainly Corozal we will miss him, Orange Walk we will miss him but I am sure that the party will move on as with everything we have to transition and we are gearing up practically for that transition in the upcoming weeks.”

Vegas departure from politics is a subject that continues to raise eyebrows as it brings along a number of speculations including that he feels disrespected by his party since he was stripped from the powerful portfolio of Minister of Natural Resources which was given to appoint Minister Godwin Hulse.

And to show how infuriated Vega is with the UDP, word coming out of his camp is that he will skip Sunday’s convention. That report though, has not been confirmed by Vega as several calls to him have proven futile.

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