Friday, November 13th, 2015. Aaron Humes Reporting: Francis Fonseca remains leader of the People’s United Party (PUP) and of the Opposition in the House of Representatives, but the battle to elect his successor is on.
All that is known at this point is that the leadership will be decided on Sunday, January 31. But does anyone want to be leader of the blue? That is open to question.
Several names have been called, including first-time representative Kareem Musa, former leader John Briceno, deputy leader Julius Espat and returning representative Cordel Hyde. But none of them confirmed or denied seeking the leadership of the PUP.
According to Espat, going into his second term as representative for Cayo South, he wants to devote more time to his constituency after spending much of his time dealing with national and internal politics. The new leader, he says, must be prepared to travel the country to resurrect a party that has not won an election of any kind since 2003.
Espat says he will be loyal to whomever is chosen if he decides not to toss his hat into the ring.
Hyde reported that, quote, There has been a lot of chatter, but I can say that we’ve had a lot of request, a lot of well wishes, a lot of encouragement from a lot of people all over the country whether through text, whether through email message, whether through Facebook messages encouraging us to take the plunge and step up to the challenge at hand and I can tell you that we’re seriously considering it.
At this moment we’re talking to a lot of people. It’s one we are taking very seriously and we don’t have to make that decision today, tomorrow or the day after, truth be told in this meeting that’s coming up right now, there’s a good chance that they will give us until the middle of December to get in our names. And convention won’t be due until early 1st quarter.
Both Briceno and Musa say they are also exploring the possibility but neither man would commit for now.
The deadline for submission of names is December 15.
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