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UDP National Convention results delayed by late start

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Posted: Sunday, February 9, 2020. 12:37 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: Approximately an hour later than scheduled, the United Democratic Party’s National Convention is underway at the Belize Civic Center.

The highlight of the day is the various races for positions on the party executive, especially the race between Patrick Faber and John Saldivar for party leader.

Faber, incumbent deputy leader, arrived with fanfare and surrounded by his most fervent supporters. Saldivar, seemingly ninja-like, managed to give the press the slip as he has for several months.

Corozal North’s Hugo Patt goes up against Albert’s Tracy Taegar Panton for first deputy while Belize Rural neighbors Beverly Williams and Manuel Heredia Jr. face off for second deputy party leader.

And while the press is denied access inside the Civic, party grandees have been forthcoming with early interviews on their positions on the contests and the party’s way forward.

Outgoing party leader, Dean Barrow, just finished addressing the convention and voting will begin in the next hour or so.

Results will be made available around 4 p.m. this evening.

We will continue to have updates during the course of the day.


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