Posted: Monday, February 1st, 2016. 1:11 p.m. CST
By Richard Harrison: The People’s United Party (PUP) currently serves as Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition in Belize, after losing the November 4, 2015 general elections to the ruling United Democratic Party (UDP), who won 19 of the 31 seats in the House of Representatives.
The PUP constitution requires that leadership conventions be held every two years….however, the past core leadership chose to suspend the constitution ever since they were “selected” in 2011…arguing for four years that conventions were too costly and too divisive, and that elections would be called any moment. Many believe that this did not allow winnable candidates to be chosen by the constituencies, with the core leadership choosing by appointment mostly persons loyal to them…in the process alienating many hard core supporters of the party….leading to 6 electoral defeats in a row.
Yesterday, the party held its first leadership convention in four years. Why and who called for this convention to be held so quickly after the recent defeat is obscure to most….but this is strategic politics, and someone’s strategy is being played out. However….no one owns the field of politics in a democracy.
Hon. John Briceno won over Hon. Francis Fonseca and Hon. Cordel Hyde, and becomes the new Party Leader.
Several things seemed to have weighed in on this convention result:
Unity is strength….and the PUP need ALL the numbers to change their fortunes….they have a lot of work to do together, especially gathering up all the prodigal sons and lost sheep…which will be the most important component of any winning strategy for the next general elections in 2018.
The views expressed in this article are those of the writer and not necessarily those of the Belize Media Group.
This article was written by Richard Harrison, Belizean investor in production and services businesses in Belize. He holds a Masters in Business Administration degree from Lancaster University.
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