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On Sunday July 12th, the ruling United Democratic Party (UDP) will attempt for a second time to elect a new party leader to replace retiring and long-time head of the party and Prime Minister Right Honourable Dean Barrow. The leadership convention scheduled to take place at the ITVET Centre in Belize City will see three UDP Ministers, Former Minister of National Security, Honourable John Saldivar, Minister of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture, Honourable Patrick Faber and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Honourable Wilfred Elrington.

The new leader will have the responsibility to sweep in the general elections in November of this year and lead the UDP into a fourth term at the helms of the country.

The first leadership convention took place on February 9th, at which Saldivar was elected as party leader. However, he was forced to resign less than 72 hours after he was sworn in. Saldivar’s resignation was triggered after evidence revealed in a United States Court that he had received funds from international fraudster Lev Dermen, which he vehemently denied.

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UDP Convention - When A Party Isn't A Party

Sunday at the ITVET will witness the UDP's second national convention in 5 months. The party will select a new leader - after the abortive February 9th convention. That event was bursting with political combustion - and we saw the UDP machinery pumping like a great locomotive; but Sunday's convention will be more like a little red "tuk-tuk". That's largely due to COVID safety considerations, but we'd have to imagine that it's also - to some extent - a sheepishness inspired by just being "shame" that the last leader they picked lasted for 60 hours - and now they get a chance to pick him again!

Such is the state of affairs in the UDP heading into Sunday event - and Jules Vasquez compares and contrasts, last time, and this time:

The last UDP convention was like a political orgy - thousands of supporters, hundreds of thousands of dollars blown, larger than life signage, amidst a riot of red and a crush of crowds inside the city centre.

But, this time, you can scratch all that because all that noise will subside on Sunday at the ITVET.

Hon. Mike Peyrefitte - Chairman, UDP

"It will be a far more subdued convention due to the fact that we are still in the middle of a pandemic. And we have to make sure that people can exercise their franchise on that day, but most importantly that people are safe. We know there will be no campaigning inside the ground, there will be any posters or banners inside the ground. You go in, you vote, and you leave, all the campaigning and all that stuff will have be done before and or outside. I wish it could have been like a McDonald's drive through thing where you drive through, you vote and you go. It will be as close to that as possible. We understand fully well that the Belizean public would not appreciate any type of serious social gathering like that with the numbers that those things can produce while we are extremely worried about COVID 19."

And, police, who had deployed 125 officers last time, are preparing for a smaller crowd:

Jules Vasquez

"The last time I got there early, and I saw 125 police officers I think I counted at the Civic Centre, what will be the expected deployment of law enforcement for Sunday's event?"

Chester Williams - Commissioner of Police

"It is going to be different this time in the sense that, it's not going to be an event where all the delegates and other supporters are going to come and congregate in one area. How it's going to be done is that they are going to vote by districts. So Punta Gorda is going to vote first, then they leave, then Dangriga comes in, vote and then leaves, so you'll find that at any given time, they're is not going to be a mass crowd at the convention area, our deployment is going to be much smaller. We must also ensure that we have patrol around the perimeters of the convention grounds."

And so while everything will change, one thing will not: the media will again be kept outside the convention:

Hon. Mike Peyrefitte

"I can tell you the media will not be excited about because the media will not be excited about it because you won't be able to go into the compound. The only people who will be able to go into the compound will be the people who are voting and the party officials."

The only consolation is that the press and public shouldn't have to wait too long…

Hon. Mike Peyrefitte

"And I expect it to run very smoothly and by 3-4 o'clock you will know who will be the new leader elect of the UDP."

And while it will supposedly be all business, where's the politics in that?:

Jules Vasquez

"What is the purpose of having a political party and there isn't no dancing, it denies the nature of a mass party to have such an aster and gloom event, a joyless event like that."

Hon. Mike Peyrefitte

"No, it won't be joyless, the delegates who will be there will be attending to vote for their new leader, what can be joyless about that? I mean we can have a joyful event and then be sick and die or have a subdued event and live, the latter is the much better option."

Of course our 7News team will be on the ground on Sunday and let you know the results first.

Channel 7


Everything’s A Go for Sunday’s U.D.P. Convention

A second leadership convention for the United Democratic Party is scheduled for this Sunday at the ITVET compound here in Belize City where three candidates, Patrick Faber, John Saldivar and Wilfred ‘Sedi’ Elrington, are offering themselves for party leader.  Unlike the previous February tenth convention at the Civic, the fanfare, as well as the bells and whistles, will be non-existent.  That’s because the U.D.P. is taking a more low-spirited approach to choosing a new leader ahead of the November 2020 general elections.  While campaigning will be limited to the perimeter of the compound, delegates from across the country will only be allowed to enter, cast their votes and then exit the venue.  But what about John Saldivar’s eligibility?  Is there an ethics committee within the U.D.P. that vets each candidate?  U.D.P. Chairman Mike Peyrefitte says that all is set for Sunday’s showdown.

Michael Peyrefitte, Chairman, United Democratic Party

“It will be a far more subdued convention due to the fact that we are still in the middle of a pandemic and we have to make sure that people can exercise their franchise on that day, but most importantly that people are safe.  So it will be much tighter.  I can tell you that the media will not be excited about it because you won’t be able to go in the compound.  The only people allowed in the compound will be the people who are voting and the party officials.  I wish it could have been like a McDonald drive-thru thing where you drive through, you vote and you go.  It will be as close to that as possible.  People who attend, they will come, they will vote and they will leave.  No campaigning inside the grounds, there will not even be any posters or banners inside the grounds.  You go in, you vote and you leave.  All the campaigning and all that stuff will have to be done before and or outside.  We believe that selecting a leader elect for the party going forward is very, very important; however, there are things that are more important than that.  There are things such as making sure that we remain COVID-free internally and that any additional case that we get are cases that are imported, so to speak, so we can manage them. So you want to speak specifically now about Mr. Saldivar.”

Reporter

“Yes, I wanted to ask that question before going into Saldivar.”

Michael Peyrefitte

“No there was nothing, in our view, that prevented him from contesting the leadership.  Whatever is out there then the delegates will decide whether or not that is not significant enough to them for them to vote for him, or significant for them not to vote for him.  That’s their choice.  Based on our investigation so far, no laws were broken.  He wasn’t accused of anything illegal here in Belize.”

Channel 5


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Inside the UDP Power Struggle

On Sunday, for the second time in 5 months, the UDP will go back to the party's highest decision making body, the national convention, to select a new leader. The ruling party does so dangerously close to a general election, so it is hoping that the convention will be as bloodless as possible.

Last night we told you all about the austere trappings of this party event - which will be no party.

Tonight, Jules Vasquez looks at some of the political history and the power dynamics going into Sunday's convention. He starts in mid February, when perhaps prematurely, we declared Saldivar political dead meat:

But he came back from a convention defeat in 2010, and 2016, still to gain the greatest heights in the UDP political pantheon - even with a very dark cloud directly above his head - a feat of unmatched daring, not to be underestimated. But now that he has gone from victor to vapor in less than 72 hours, it will be interesting to see if Saldivar stages another comeback.

Comeback? He never left! And now he's one step away from getting the same job back - and has at least a 50/50 chance to do so on Sunday. It will be the fourth convention face off between Patrick Faber and John Saldivar.

In 2010, both ran for Chairman and Faber beat Saldivar 422 to 122. In 2016, they both ran for Deputy Leader, and Faber won again 336 to 248.

Then in February of this year, Saldivar won when it mattered most: as the UDP Leader. He beat Faber 342 to 277 - a 115 vote margin.

The question for Faber now is, with the same list of delegates, how can he recover that significant margin just 5 months later?

Well to do so he will need delegates, mayors and their standard bearers to defect from the Saldivar camp en masse. There have been some high profile endorsements like this one from Shyne Barrow, who did an enormous flip-flop by coming back to Faber's side - after calling him this last November: "malicious, vindictive and victimizing and petty."

But, now, not even a year later, Shyne writes on Facebook, quote, "it is my firm belief at this moment in time, after healed wounds and battle scars, that Patrick Faber is the leader we need to win the war against the PUP for the sake of our Nation and party!"

Of course, Shyne is only one defection, and the margin is 115, so only Sunday's tally will tell if Faber was able to recover all that ground.

How Faber Will Make Up His Margin of Defeat?

And that question, of how he plans to make up the margin is the first thing we asked Faber about this evening when he agreed to an interview with the press at his Belize City office.

We discussed his remarks in late February that the convention wasn't all that fair. That was a reference to a stacked list of 570 delegates. Well, as you just heard, the list remains - so what has changed? That's what we asked Faber:

Jules Vasquez, reporter
"You felt that you had been treated unfairly, that you suggested that the list was rigged, that it was a list set for you to lose. It's the same list that they are using in this convention, sir. What will make the outcome different?"

Hon. Patrick Faber, UDP Leadership candidate
"Same list of delegates, same candidates but in a way there's a difference in terms of the candidates. I think that without putting too much on my opponent, I think that all now understand what happened there and whether or not, as Minister Saldivar has said that he's innocent or guilty, the impression is there of some kind of want for a better position to be in and certainly I fit the bill. There is no changing of delegates. I think though that those delegates no matter how they were selected, we could go back and rehash that, but I don't think that will be useful. The fact that they are the delegates is set - they are the delegates, but nobody can dispute no matter how they were selected that these are people who of course want to see the UDP prosper and I think that is what makes the difference this time around. They understand that the party needs to have its best foot forward, the party needs to have a winning face at the helm of the ticket, the party needs to have somebody with good enough integrity. I don't think any of my colleagues who have now said they won't support Saldivar in this campaign and I will tell you that none of the people who were supporting me, if you check the record have now said they are supporting Saldivar, so there are only in fact proven gains that I have made in this race."

Jules Vasquez, reporter
"But sir, you said that while you have visibly been making up ground, you need to make up ground. You lost by 115 votes in a pool of 600. That's a lot. I'm saying that lets look at it just statistically, can you make up 115 votes?"

Hon. Patrick Faber, UDP Leadership candidate
"You don't need to make up 115 votes. Your math is better than that. You need to make up roughly 60 votes. 60 votes out of 600 as you put it, its 10% of the votes and if you check the statistics, you will see that if we want to make some kind of judgement based on the number of constituencies alone and you average 15 delegates per constituency that only 4 constituencies that you need and I can name you right off if you insist. 4 of those constituencies' leaders who have said we are going to go all out now with Faber."

Jules Vasquez, reporter
"I love if you name them, sir."

Hon. Patrick Faber, UDP Leadership candidate
"Shyne to begin with. We have the Honorable Pablo Marin who has made a public declaration. We have the Honorable Rene Montero who has made a public declaration. I'm trying to stick to those who have..."

Jules Vasquez, reporter
"You won't mention Erwin Contreras?"

Hon. Patrick Faber, UDP Leadership candidate
"Well you have now mentioned him and I will - how they say it, if you say a name and I whistle - If I wasn't talking so much and my mouth never dry, I would have whistle."

Channel 7


Are the Tides Turning in Faber’s Favor?

Going back to Sunday’s leadership convention, a number of U.D.P. area representatives have also shifted their support from John Saldivar to Patrick Faber, including Cayo Central’s Rene Montero and Erwin Contreras.  While Faber was defeated earlier this year by a margin of well over a hundred votes, he says that a minimum of sixty votes is needed to turn the tides this time around.

Patrick Faber, Leadership Aspirant, U.D.P.

“If you check the statistics you will see that if we want to make some kind of judgment based on the number of constituencies alone and you average fifteen delegates per constituency, that’s only four constituencies that you need and I can name you right off, if you insist, four of those constituency leaders who have said we are going to go all out now with Faber.”

Reporter

“I’d love if you name them, sir.”

Patrick Faber

“Shyne, to begin with.  We have the honorable Pablo Marin who has made a public declaration.  We have the honorable Rene Montero who has made a public declaration.  I’m trying to stick to those who have…”

Reporter

“You won’t mention Erwin Contreras?”

Patrick Faber

“You have now mentioned him and how dehn seh it, if you seh wahn name and I whistle.  If I wasn’t talking so much and mi mouth neva dry I mih wahn whistle.  But yes, I believe he is with us and there are some of the standard bearers who of course are now with us.  So that what you just painted as something very difficult to do or very difficult to see in light of the numbers isn’t very difficult at all.”

Channel 5


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Collet's Patrick Faber has won the seat of Leader of the UDP in a Convention that took place today at the IT-Vet in Belize City. Faber was victorious over Belmopan's John Saldivar by a tally of 286 - 267 votes.

Pickstock's Wilfred Elrington, who was the third candidate in the race, received 10 votes.



Collet Area Representative Patrick Faber has been sworn in as leader-elect of the UDP. He says his first order of business will be to reach out to those that did not support him with a view to uniting the Party. John Saldivar, who lost by 19 votes, reportedly left the compound before the counting was finished.



Patrick Faber, victorious in his second attempt to secure leadership of the UDP, delivers his first address as UDP leader elect.

The Reporter





Patrick Faber is the new Leader-elect of the UDP



Wrap-up of UDP Leadership Convention, July 2020!

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Area Representative for Belize Rural South (Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker) Honourable Manuel Heredia Jr. congratulates the Honourable Patrick Faber after being elected as party leader of the ruling United Democratic Party (UDP). Heredia said via his Facebook page that Faber is the man to carry the UDP forward.

Faber overcame Belmopan Area Representative Honourable John Saldivar by a tally of 286-267 votes from the 570 UDP delegates, who participated in today’s leadership convention.

San Pedro Sun

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In a hard faught victory over John Saldivar, Patrick Faber is now the Party Leader Elect for the United Democratic Party.

It was too close to call going into Sunday’s National Convention but Mr. Faber pulled it off.

With key defections from Saldivar’s camp such as Shyne Barrow, Erwin Contreras, Pablo Marin and others, Mr Faber was able to make up the 115 votes he lost by in February.

Mr. Faber’s first test will be unification of the party. The leader elect says he will get on the phone immediately to mend fences with his opponents and convince them to stay on board the UDP train to a 4th consecutive general elections victory.

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UDP Convention - Hon. Patrick Faber New Leader
Hon. Patrick Faber Leader Elect

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This Time It’s Faber For The UDP

Patrick Faber is the new leader of the UDP. The 42 year old became the party's sixth leader in a national convention yesterday. He bested his opponent John Saldivar by a narrow margin of 19 votes. This is the second time the two had faced off for leader; in an abortive convention 5 months ago, Saldivar won easily.

But, after that, the Lev Dermen fiasco unfolded forcing Saldivar to step down.

That set the stage for yesterday - which was kind of a rematch - with a third man in the ring, Wilfred Elrington who made it clear, he was not in it to win it.

7News was on the ground at the ITVET in Belize City from before voting started until after the winner was declared. Jules Vasquez reports:

When polls opened at 10:00, the ITVET had no political excitement or scenery - not even a sign in sight. Some delegates came in quietly on their own, into a muted and orderly atmosphere.

And while we saw a good many walk - in's out district delegates came on busses. We weren't allowed inside - but it was low key all around

We could see scarce signage on masks and an occasional stray placard or sign on the periphery of the action:

Jules Vasquez, reporter
"Having one like this which is so quiet, no signage that I can see - it's a little bit odd."

Hon. Patrick Faber, Candidate for UDP Leader
"Well, yes, but it's a very odd time as well. We are in the midst of a pandemic and of course, we want to keep it as quiet as possible. You know that the UDP is a mass party, you know that we have tens of thousands of supporters and it's a painful thing for them. You know as I move around the country they wanted to come. They want to be right here where the action is."

The real action was on February 9th. What a contrast to today. A contrast except for the frontrunner candidates, there they were - back again 5 months later Saldivar and Faber. The Prime Minister was one of the early voters. He says he went to vote for the right candidate.

Jules Vasquez, reporter
"Morning Mr. Prime Minister, who did you vote for?"

Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, UDP Party Leader
"For the right candidate."

Jules Vasquez, reporter
"Sir, now you have said before when the whole Lev Dermen had not exploded yet that you do not feel that whoever accepted money, if it is one of these two should be able to run for leader, but Mr. John Saldivar did accept and here he is running for leader."

Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, UDP Party Leader
"Well, I do not run a dictatorship. I might be first among equals, but we are all equal and there is a procedure and there is an organ of the party called the "ethics committee". Nobody made any complaint about aby of the candidates to the ethics committee, so the onus would have been on whoever wish to challenge the eligibility of any of the candidates to make a complaint and nobody did."

Jules Vasquez, reporter
"Sir, you realize that an outsider might be able to say your party is a laughing stock, this is the second leadership convention you all are having in 5 months."

Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, UDP Party Leader
"What has happened now is emblematic of the very essence of democracy. We had that earlier convention, Saldivar won fair and square, we know what happened thereafter and I certainly led the charge to say to the Hon. John Saldivar in view of the revelations it cannot be right for you to stay on and he I think in the highest tradition agreed to demit office as leader elect. I thought that we would have been able to agree on a consensus candidate - it didn't happened, but that's because as you well know democracy is a tumultuous rambunctious affair and utterly unpredictable. Bottom line is that this is democracy. This is the way the UDP operates."

A very messy business and Faber says it could have been avoided:

Reporter
"How do you feel that you are here again and John Saldivar is a candidate?"

Hon. Patrick Faber, Candidate for UDP Leader
"To be honest with you, ideally, I would not have wanted come back here. I really think that those events indeed as the prime minister's words point to could have been used to disqualify minister Saldivar."

And really that was really what the convention was about - those who believe that Saldivar is unsuitable to lead a mass party, and those who just couldn't bring themselves to support Faber.

Hon. Manuel "Junior" Heredia, BRS - Area Rep
"Many delegates, many area reps., caretakers or ministers of government realize today that if we want victory there is only one leader that can bring victory to this party and that is Patrick Faber. Other than that we will lose."

Shyne Barrow, UDP Std. Bearer
"And the fact that Faber is the warrior, is the general that we need to go forward. But let's make no mistake, there is flip flopping here. John resigned and I think he should have stayed resigned. He resigned because he was a distraction, he resigned because his circumstances created a circus and that circus would only take away from our goal and our goal is to form the next government. So he resigned and I was one of the people that urged him to resigned. So my position is very consistent. If I urged him to resign then how can I now turn around and vote for him and support him in the face of me urging him to resign. Nothing has changed. Chester Williams is still investigation. Chester Williams hasn't come back and say boy the man clear of anything."

Reporter
"Do you think it's ethical for him to be running again this second round?"

Shyne Barrow, UDP Std. Bearer
"I think he should not even had put his name in and should have focused on Belmopan, because I do think that the people in Belmopan loves him and he will win his Belmopan seat. But I think to put his name back in at this time will be a distraction and that is why I am supporting Patrick Faber."

Jules Vasquez, reporter
"So then with all you have said on the record about Mr. Faber, is he in your mind the lesser of two evils?"

Shyne Barrow, UDP Std. Bearer
"I wouldn't go that route. I believe that when we were battling, when we were fighting, it was tenacious, it was tedious and that is what war is and again, that allows me to recognize his abilities, to recognize his greatness."

Reporter
"Let's say hypothetically Saldivar came out victorious in this convention, do you feel that perhaps would be detrimental to the UDP?"

Shyne Barrow, UDP Std. Bearer
"Absolutely! That is my position."

Of course, we couldn't ask Saldivar about it. As is his style - he dodged all interviews

Reporter
"Mek we get a lee interview today leader?"

Jules Vasquez, reporter
"But then you will not give us afterwards. You have a long history of ignoring us."

Hon. John Saldivar, Area Rep - Belmopan
"I will give you an interview afterwards."

Not surprisingly his most visible supporter Gaspar Vega said the same:

Gaspar Vega
"My brother...when I come back."

We're still waiting for both, but we did speak to many veteran ministers who were very cagey with their support:

Hon. Edmond Castro, BRN - Area Rep
"I think we will win today."

Reporter
"Who is we, sir?"

Hon. Edmond Castro, BRN - Area Rep
"The party. The people will win. The people always make the right decision. I am supporting the winner."

Hon. Anthony Boots Martinez, Port - Area Rep
"The day for reckoning is here."

Reporter
"Do you feel that you needed to be here for a second round?"

Hon. Anthony Boots Martinez, Port - Area Rep
"It is what it is. I think nobody want to be as a party in difficult position like this. But it is what it is."

Jules Vasquez, reporter
"How about boots Martinez, sir?"

Hon. Anthony Boots Martinez, Port - Area Rep
"So you want I tell you how I vote? I vote for a candidate and you all do the guessing."

Jules Vasquez, reporter
"Who will get the 286 [votes] needed here."

Hon. Anthony Boots Martinez, Port - Area Rep
"As far as I know in my analysis I think it is too close to call. You talk about delegates and for the most part they are chosen and so and control and so - I tell you standard bearers and representatives had some problems going one way or the other. This is unique just like how the list was unique, it was unique this time when literally people who went one way or the other said to their people man listen to the two sides and you all make up your minds."

Hon. Michael Finnegan, UDP Mesop
"At the end of the voting everybody will know who the winner will be."

Jules Vasquez, reporter
"Who do you support, sir?"

Hon. Michael Finnegan, UDP Mesop
"We have 3 persons contesting for the elections. At the end of the day whosoever win, the UDP wins."

Jules Vasquez, reporter
"That can't be completely true, because you know that if John Saldivar wins the PUP will be rolling out the ads on Monday about him and Lev Dermen and Danny Mason."

Hon. Michael Finnegan, UDP Mesop
"Whosoever wins here today, the PUP will roll out their ads on them. We as a party have the opportunity to select our leader and who we select is our choice and we will stick by our selection whether it is Wilfred, John or Patrick Faber."

Of those, the truly odd man out is Wilfred Elrington. He entered the race, knowing he would lose:

Hon. Wilfred Elrington, Area Rep - Pickstock
"I would imagine that my support would be very minimal."

Jules Vasquez, reporter
"Really, you don't think you will win?"

Hon. Wilfred Elrington, Area Rep - Pickstock
"Never thought I would win."

Jules Vasquez, reporter
"So why are you running, symbolic?"

Hon. Wilfred Elrington, Area Rep - Pickstock
"Symbolic. I want it to be said later on that I did offer myself."

Jules Vasquez, reporter
"But Mr. Elrington no one runs in politics to lose."

Hon. Wilfred Elrington, Area Rep - Pickstock
"That is the normal and the unconventional person. I am always unconventional. You know that."

Jules Vasquez, reporter
"Very much so."

Reporter
"But when you look at the fact that you put forward that should you not win today's convention, you will not be contesting the general elections, are you going to take good on that promise, if I may?"

Hon. Wilfred Elrington, Area Rep - Pickstock
"Yes, I have promise the cabinet that will not serve under either of the 2, whoever wins and that means that I have come now to the end of my tenure as political candidate for United Democratic Party."

And, just like that, Wilfred walked - out of the race, out of the game. But, while he walked away the UDP faithful were lining up to get into the ITVET to cast their vote.

Patrick Faber and John Saldivar stood at the entrance greeting delegates one last time. These are party supporters who they have campaigned to twice this year. Even standard bearers on the opposing team. Polls closed at around 1:30. The counting began at 2:00, and by 2:15 the Faber camp erupted in joy. And the his campaign chairman confirmed it.

Roosevelt Blades, Chairman - Faber Campaign
"It has been very hard and he deserves it."

From emotion by his supporters to official by the chairman.

Michael Peyrefitte, UDP Chairman
"Patrick Faber received 286 votes. John Saldivar received 267 votes Wilfred Elrington received 10 votes and there were 4 rejected ballots. So given the official tally, the Hon. Patrick Faber is the new party elect leader of the United Democratic Party."

Faber took the oath, signed his name across the line - and stepped into his dream job:

Hon. Patrick Faber, UDP Leader - elect
"It is my life's ambition, as you know, to become the leader of this party and to be of service to this party. Of course the only think that can make that further complete is offering my service to the country as the prime minister of this country some day. I wish to thank minister Saldivar, he has been a long standing friend of mine and also a long standing rival given our ambitions coinciding in the way it does. I believe there is a place for John Saldivar in this party and I am sure that we will continue to work with him."

Jules Vasquez, reporter
"When Mr. Saldivar won, you were dutifully on that stage clapping for him, visibly whimsy, you had just suffered a painful defeat, but you were on that stage. John Saldivar is not here, he was not here in 2016 when you won as deputy leader - he have bad style. I have to say it because from the media's perspective we feel..."

Hon. Patrick Faber, UDP Leader - elect
"I just told you that the first order of business would be to unite the party. It wouldnt be fair for me to criticize the man right now."

Jules Vasquez, reporter
"But out of unity is that you must be magnanimous."

Hon. Patrick Faber, UDP Leader - elect
"Then you will do that criticism for me today, but that is my colleague and I intend to call him, in fact as soon as I get an opportunity and the mending of fences."

Reporter
"What is now with the honorable Sedi Elrington and Gas Vega and others who have vowed that they will not serve under your leadership?"

Hon. Patrick Faber, UDP Leader - elect
"As I said my first task is going to be to reach out and try to form this unity. So it has to be a moment of healing and I am hoping that the healing will be quick, but as it relates to my colleagues I will tell you now, I will make every effort possible to sit with them and to talk with them and to try to see if we can work together forward."

And so now as leader elect, Patrick Faber will have to move beyond this small circle of allies - and forge unity with embittered adversaries in a party wounded and divided.

PM Will Stay On Till End Of Term

And the man taking them head on right now is the Prime Minister Dean Barrow. And, he says he wants to continue to do so for the rest of his term. That means he is not handing over to Faber and plans to hold the Prime Minster's seat until elections are held. We asked him about it today:

Hon. Patrick Faber- UDP Party Leader
"The Prime Minister cannot stay, he cannot stay. Of course there are those in the party including myself who would love to have the Prime Minister remain if that was possible but we must move on. So, he will stay on until the end of his time. To me, the man can go tomorrow if he chooses to. But he is saying: no, I am going to stay here. In fact, what I am sure is going to be the case is that he is [inaudible] the struggles that we have in the government until the end of the term and I am undertaking to ensure that this party is fighting fit and ready, battle ready for the general elections."

Faber Supports PM Staying On

And while the Prime Minister seems willing to take his chances that there will be no mutiny or majority assembled against him - Faber agrees. He says the Prime Minister will stay for the rest of his term - but can't be around forever:

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Patrick Faber is UDP’s new party leader; Foreign Minister Elrington signals an end to his political career
The United Democratic Party (UDP) elected a new leader on Sunday, July 12th during a leadership convention held in Belize City, when Patrick Faber won 28y-267 over John Saldivar. Area Representative of the Collet Division, Honourable Patrick Faber defeated Belmopan’s Honourable John Saldivar by a narrow margin of 19 votes. The race for the UDP leadership also included Foreign Minister Honourable Wilfred Elrington, who only garnered 10 votes. The new leader will replace current party leader and prime minister Right Honourable Dean Barrow.

Channel 7:

This Time It’s Faber For The UDP
Patrick Faber is the new leader of the UDP. The 42 year old became the party's sixth leader in a national convention yesterday. He bested his opponent John Saldivar by a narrow margin of 19 votes. This is the second time the two had faced off for leader; in an abortive convention 5 months ago, Saldivar won easily. But, after that, the Lev Dermen fiasco unfolded forcing Saldivar to step down. That set the stage for yesterday - which was kind of a rematch - with a third man in the ring, Wilfred Elrington who made it clear, he was not in it to win it.

Did PM Support Faber?
And those other party colleagues are embittered because they feel that the Prime Minister campaigned for Faber - and directly called delegates at the last minute to swing their support. This is anecdotal, but we have received independent reports of this - and we asked Faber supporters if the PM was indeed with them: Reporter: "Did you enjoy the support of the Prime Minister today?" Hon. Patrick Faber- UDP Leader Elect "As I told you on Friday, I believe the Prime Minister voted for me, yes."

Saldivar Concedes In FB Post
And that is part of the reason why multiple standard bearers and representatives are indicating that they will step down. But, John Saldivar is not one of them - not if you judge by his Facebook post this morning. It says, quote, "Against all odds we came close to a magnificent victory for the common people. We will remain in the struggle for the small man and woman and we will remain with the United Democratic Party as the best and only option through which meaningful change and progress can be achieved. I congratulate our new Leader, Hon. Patrick Faber."

Who Would Want To Lead In Times Like These?
And while that stew of dissatisfaction is simmering - Faber has to think about the months ahead. Basically he's agreed to ask the voters for lead at the toughest time in Belize's history. The economy is in a severe COVID-induced contraction, education has stalled and soaring COVID cases surround Belize. We asked him, who would want to lead at this time:

PM Will Stay On Till End Of Term
And the man taking them head on right now is the Prime Minister Dean Barrow. And, he says he wants to continue to do so for the rest of his term. That means he is not handing over to Faber and plans to hold the Prime Minster's seat until elections are held. We asked him about it today: "The Prime Minister cannot stay, he cannot stay. Of course there are those in the party including myself who would love to have the Prime Minister remain if that was possible but we must move on..."

Faber Supports PM Staying On
And while the Prime Minister seems willing to take his chances that there will be no mutiny or majority assembled against him - Faber agrees. He says the Prime Minister will stay for the rest of his term - but can't be around forever:

Elrington Exits, Sharply
But, they will have to do battle without Wilfred Elrington, the three term UDP area Rep for Pickstock. As you heard in our headline story Elrington got only 10- votes in his bid for leadership - and has taken the firm decision to retire from politics.

Channel 5:

Patrick Faber is the New U.D.P. Leader Elect
Voting started at ten o’clock in the morning at the ITVET compound in Belize City; the delegates from Corozal were first to cast their votes for the new leader-elect of [...]

PM Remains in Office Until the End of His Tenure
While Patrick Faber is the new leader elect of the U.D.P., he will not be sitting in the Prime Minister’s chair in the current U.D.P. term. And that’s because Prime [...]

Sedi Won’t Run for General Elections
Pickstock Area Representative Wilfred Elrington garnered the least number of votes in Sunday’s leadership convention. Ten votes in all, which is five less than the total number of voting delegates [...]



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