Posted: Thursday, April 4, 2019. 8:31 am CST.
By Aaron Humes: Has former Senator, Minister of Foreign Affairs and party stalwart Lisa Shoman, representing, in this case, the Prime Minister, Attorney General, and others, burned her bridges with the party she has called home since her political beginnings?
The man with the last say, P.U.P. Leader John Briceño, sounded an ominous note when he said flatly to reporters following today’s ruling, “I think that Senior Counsel Lisa Shoman has made her decision. She decided that she wants to work for the U.D.P. (United Democratic Party), and we have to respect that.”
Her opponent in court and long-time legal colleague Eamon Courtenay was even blunter: “It seems to me, very clear, that she (Shoman) has made common cause with the U.D.P., she is now working with the U.D.P., she is being paid by the U.D.P., she is for the U.D.P. There are consequences for your decisions and your actions. That is all I am going to say about Miss Shoman.” Earlier he refused to answer a question concerning what Shoman said to reporters on Monday about the separation of powers issue.
Courtenay also poked at Shoman’s decision to speak with reporters following Monday’s case arguments and the curious choice of allowing Westmin James, a colleague on the Caleb Orozco case in 2013 and a professor at the University of the West Indies, to lead arguments, describing him as a “junior counsel.”
But Shoman herself appears unfazed. “As far as I am concerned, I am a member of the People’s United Party, and until the day I am not a member of the People’s United Party, that’s my political affiliation. But honestly, that’s neither here nor there. I don’t forget that it is the People’s United Party who started this process in 1999, and even before then and that it has been carried on as a bipartisan process for many years. I don’t forget that it is always when we are bipartisan, when we put aside party concerns and put the country first, that we are strongest in terms of Guatemala. So I take no joy in terms of what has happened today; it is really regrettable.”
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