Will PUP host National Convention?

The People’s United party has also received some heat from party supporters who accuse the leader of a form of dictatorship since the last  convention they had was in early January to elect their Orange Walk East Standard Bearer. As for a National convention, the PUP has not had one of those since 2007. The party leader was asked yesterday about the possibility of a national convention.

Reporter

“What about a long overdue National Convention?”

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“Yea, we have talked about that a lot time ago. We decided a long time ago that we will have a National Convention leading up to the general elections to present our 31 candidates to the Belizean people, so there is nothing new there. We have discussed that many months ago and that is still our intention and still our  plan but when we have everything finalized and we have our manifesto in place and everything , then we will have a national convention to present our key policy issues, our manifesto and our candidates to the Belizean people. “

 

With a convention comes the all looming question of  Fonseca’s seat as the Leader of the Opposition. Yesterday Fonseca was asked if he would be prepared to step down should the majority prove to be not in his favour.

Reporter

“What happens if it turns out to be that a large number of people standard bearers and parliamentarians have lost confidence in your leadership. Are you prepared to step down?”

Hon. Francis Fonseca

“I serve at the will of the People’s United Party, Marisol. I have always said that. We just had a national party council in Dangriga where the entire party was present. I think one standard bearer had an excuse and was not present. Every single other constituency was represented – 30 out of 31 and every constituency, that national party council meeting in Dangriga on July 4th, not too long ago, unanimously endorsed my leadership.”

Reporter
“However, that could have changed.”

Hon. Francis Fonseca
“I am sure anything could change.”

Reporter

“After the last By-election, the PUP don’t like to lose  sir.”

Hon. Francis Fonseca

Yes, none of us like to lose. And I’ve answered this question already. At that national party council meeting they made it absolutely clear that it was not on any basis of any bye-election. We all understood what we were facing in Dangriga and everybody said, we support our party leader for the general elections and not for any bye-elections or coming out of any bye-elections. And that remains the case; that remains the case.”

  Francis Fonseca maintains that they have all intentions to host a National Party convention sooner rather than later.

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