Over the past several weeks, rumors were circulating that Minister Hugo Patt is interested in becoming the next UDP Party Leader. It was also suggested that the recent Cabinet shift was intended to put Minister Patt in a position that would make him a worthy contender for party leader. Well, Prime Minister Barrow dispelled all the rumors when he told the media that Minister Hugo Patt has no interest in becoming the next Party Leader.
Hon. Dean Oliver Barrow, Prime Minister of Belize: I heard them suggest that the move is to empower Hugo Patt, so that he can make a bid for the leadership of the party. Hugo has absolutely no interest in that. I have spoken to him, he will not be putting in his name. So, that is one thing that we can entirely dismiss.