74 F
Belize City
Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Home Headline UDP choose Party Leader on Sunday

UDP choose Party Leader on Sunday

The party will elect a new leader from a field of 3 candidates

BELIZE CITY, Thurs. July 9, 2020– Sunday, July 12, will be a huge day for the ruling United Democratic Party (UDP), because on that day, beginning at 10 a.m., 570 delegates of the party will gather at the ITVET compound on Freetown Road to choose a new Party Leader.

The current UDP leader, Prime Minister Dean Barrow, will end his active political career and step down from the leadership position.

Just about two weeks ago, there were five candidates vying for the position: Hon. John Saldivar, Hon. Patrick Faber, Hon. Wilfred “Sedi” Elrington, Hon. Darrell Bradley, and Hon. Omar Figueroa.

Figueroa and Bradley have withdrawn from the race and a new Party Leader will be selected from among Saldivar, Faber and Elrington.

Saldivar had initially been given the nod to ascend to the highest post in the UDP at the party convention on February 9, 2020; he had won handily over his opponent, Faber.

Because of his “too close” association with American fraudsters, revealed in a Utah, USA court, however, Saldivar had to resign from the leadership position that he had just won, and also had to resign from Cabinet.

It will be a historic time for the party, because Hon. Barrow has led them to three straight general election victories.

Whoever wins will have a tough time ahead should the party win the next general elections, slated for November 2020. Whichever party forms the government will have to deal with the country’s horrible crime situation, a crippling external debt, and an economy in shambles even prior to the emergence of COVID-19, but made much worse by the pandemic, among other economic woes.

- Advertisment -

Most Popular

Superbond debt management team

BELIZE CITY, Tues. May 11, 2021-- The Government of Belize has commissioned a debt management team to engage in negotiations with the holders of...

Two COVID-19 clusters in Belize District

BELIZE CITY, Tues. May 11, 2021-- Belize City is currently being monitored for multiple clusters of Covid-19 cases, after twenty cases of the virus...

Coye on Belize’s debt profile 

BELIZE CITY, Tues. May 11, 2021-- On Monday, the Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance gave the media an update on the...

Second shipment of vaccines arrives

BELIZE CITY, Thurs. May 13, 2021-- The week the second batch of AstraZeneca vaccines from the COVAX facility arrived in Belize. This shipment arrived...