Attorney General Michael Peyreffitte is once again throwing his hat ito the political ring. General elections are to take place in 2020 and Anthony Boots Martinez has already indicated that he will not be seeking re-election. That means that the Port Loyola constitution is up for grabs and one of those persons with his eye on that division is Michael Peyreffitte. Yesterday, our colleagues in Belize City caught up with him and asked him what prompted him to enter the race.
Michael Peyrefitte, Attorney General of Belize: There has been a request to me by the residents of the division. Several people had come to me saying that they heard that Minister Martinez will be retiring and that the Port Loyola Division will be opening up, and they ask me to seriously think about whether or not I will consider representing them. I thought about it, consulted with my family, they gave me their reluctant blessing and I decided to re-enter electoral politics. Absolutely, Philip Willoughby has been a councilor for so long, very likeable individual, I love Philip and it’s very difficult not to like Philip. Of course he is formidable, but so is Mr. Samuels and so is Mr. Castillo. So I don’t want to disrespect my other two opponents by just signaling out Phillip. But indeed, I mean we are a United Democratic Party, the division belongs to nobody. And Mr. Martinez is stepping down, then anybody who want to challenge can challenge. We just have a convention and when the convention is finished, the people would have decided who they want to represent them and all four of us must respect the result, no matter what it is.