Posted: Tuesday, April 3, 2018. 12:52 pm CST.
Mark King, the United Democratic Party’s (UDP) former Lake Independence area representative cause quite a stir on social media several weeks ago when he announced his intention to run for the UDP in Port Loyola in light of the party’s poor performance there in the recent municipal election and Anthony “Boots” Martinez’s intention to retire from politics. Now, King appears to have his eyes set on an even bigger prize.
A post on King’s Facebook page this morning said: “UDP leadership.. consulting my legal council to enter the race for the leadership……coming soon…”.
King announced his intention to re-enter politics several weeks ago and his decision was met with mixed reviews based on his previous public antics. The announcement drew so much backlash that Deputy Prime Minister and fellow party member, Patrick Faber, during his presentation on the budget in the National Assembly, said King would not be allowed to run for the UDP in any constituency.
Following those remarks, King threatened to members of his entire party, claiming to have dirt on all of them. He later apologized to his party for the threat but made it clear that his apology did not extend to Faber.
There has been much speculation about the UDP’s future because Prime Minister Dean Barrow, party whip Michael Finnegan and Martinez, three of the party’s safest seats in years past, are all set to retire at the end of this current term in government. Faber, by all accounts, intends to seek the party’s leadership position as does current Minister of National Security, John Saldivar.
Saldivar and Faber had previously gone head to head in a convention to decide the UDP’s deputy leader. Faber was able to secure enough votes from party delegates to secure a victory in 2016, but Saldivar had made his intentions to seek the party’s leadership known. Saldivar, however, was later singled out as a close associate of accused murderer Danny Mason and was relieved of his duties as Minister of National Security following public outcry for his removal, until his recent re-appointment to that same portfolio.
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