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 John Saldivar calls on Patrick Faber to resign as the leader of the UDP amidst public condemnation over a violent domestic dispute

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Posted: Friday, June 4, 2021. 8:29 am CST.

By Benjamin Flowers: Former Party Leader Elect of the United Democratic Party John Saldivar has called on the current Party Leader Patrick Faber to resign, after a leaked video of him getting violent during a domestic dispute was made public.

Saldivar took to his Facebook page to condemn all acts of violence against women and emphasized that Faber’s repeated involvement in such cases is causing public embarrassment for the UDP.

“We have accepted his apologies on every occasion so far and we have relied on his promise to do better. Accepting another apology is not the right thing for us as a Party to do this time around,” he said.

Saldivar, who once beat Faber for leadership at a leadership convention back in 2020, stepped down after only 72 hours of being the leader as his name was brought up in connection with convicted fraudster Lev Dermen. He stressed that Faber should follow the example he set during that situation.

“Last year, three days after my election as Party Leader, I was asked by my colleagues to step down, not because I was guilty of any wrongdoing, but because the issue at hand was causing a serious black eye for my Party. To this day absolutely no evidence of wrongdoing has surfaced but I did what was in the best interest of my Party at the time. I implore our Party Leader now to do the same,” Saldivar said.

He noted that stepping down would be the honorable thing for Faber to do and should have done already given the circumstances. He went as far as to call party officials to take the necessary steps to remove Faber from leadership while saying that he knows taking this position will come with “blowback” from members within the UDP.

Saldivar’s comments came after the UDP issued a statement saying that Faber remains the ‘undіѕрutеd, dulу еlесtеd lеаdеr оf thе UDР’ and that he соntіnuеѕ tо еnјоу thе full, unrеѕеrvеd соnfіdеnсе аnd ѕuрроrt оf thе party.

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