Wednesday, September 17, 2014. AARON HUMES Reporting: The main opposition People’s United Party (PUP) today took the decision to remove Arthur Saldivar as its Standard Bearer for the Belize Rural North Constituency.
Saldivar, who is an attorney at law by profession, was suspended late last month, pending an investigation into allegations of misbehaviour on his part.
As we have reported previously, Saldivar is accused of taking and failing to return some $900,000 from former clients Melonie and Marlene Coye, who were released from charges of money laundering following a successful criminal appeal in March.
Today, the PUP, having received the report of a committee set up last month to investigate the alleged wrongdoings, took the decision to remove Saldivar from the post of Standard Bearer and also as a member of the PUP executive.
PUP Leader Francis Fonseca told reporters at a briefing after the decision was handed down, that the party took into account the sentiments of the Belize Rural North Executive, who believe that the PUP acted contrary to its constitution in suspending Saldivar; but the decision was weighed against what was best overall for the PUP and the country on a whole.
The decision to remove Saldivar and barring him from PUP participation until the next General Elections, constitutionally due in 2017, is not sitting well with the Belize Rural North PUP executive committee who say they will consider a legal challenge to today’s decision by the party.
The decision to remove Saldivar as the Belize Rural North standard bearer and as a member of the PUP executive will still have to be ratified at the next National Party Council meeting scheduled for September 28.
Public Relations officer for the Belize Rural North Executive Committee Oswin Blease says that if necessary, their man Arthur Saldivar will run as an “independent PUP” in the next General Elections.
For his part, PUP Leader Fonseca says while the party cannot stop such a move by the Belize Rural North Executive, the party will follow its own processes now to choose a new standard bearer for the division.
We will have more on this story later.
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