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February 9, 2020 has been set as the date for the ruling United Democratic Party’s (UDP) National Leadership Convention. The announcement was made on Saturday, August 10th, during the party’s National Party Council meeting. The anticipated convention will take place at the Belize Civic Centre in Belize City, and the two candidates contending the leadership post are Honourable Patrick Faber and Honourable John Saldivar, two senior UDP ministers. Faber is currently the Area Representative for Collet, Minister of Education, Youth and Sports, Deputy Prime Minister and Deputy Party Leader in the UDP. Saldivar is the Area Representative for Belmopan and Minister of National Security. Their intentions to lead the party was made public in March 2016, after the post for First Deputy Leader was vacated by former Deputy Prime Minister Honourable Gaspar Vega.

In February 2020, the decision to choose the next UDP Leader will be the responsibility of 560 delegates. A total of 496 delegates will be chosen from all 31 constituencies. Currently, all UDP municipal members make 41 votes, while members of the party’s central executive counts with 23 votes.

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