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UDP ferment: Party insiders plot Faber’s downfall as House Opposition Leader

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Posted: Wednesday, June 9, 2021. 9:39 am CST.

By Aaron Humes: Overnight, Breaking Belize News obtained a copy of a text message between insiders of the United Democratic Party (UDP), seeking a meeting with the intent of discussing the removal of Patrick Faber as Leader of the Opposition in the House of Representatives.

Though that position and the position of leadership of the UDP are practically coterminous, as according to the Constitution the former requires the support of those who do not support the Government, which in practice are members of a different party, there is an attempt to bifurcate the two as concerns have emerged about Faber’s temperament and handling of party matters.

The writer requests a meeting with two parliamentarians, likely virtually. They explain: “There is a lot of clamor for the PL (Faber) to be removed as the Leader of the Opposition in the House but he will still maintain his position as the Party Leader.”

On Tuesday, Moses “Shyne” Barrow identified a potential successor in Tracy Taegar-Panton, only for her to shut the idea down hours later.

The writer says diplomatically of Faber that he continues to fight to stay on as Party Leader, and so there are some questions: “So how will this work exactly? What is the party prepared to do to go all the way? What happens beyond the sending the letter to the [Governor-General]?”

In a follow-up to his earlier statement, Barrow posted on his social media, seemingly directly addressing Panton, “We cannot unite around dishonesty and mistrust. We cannot rebuild on a foundation of lies and betrayal. We cannot heal a gaping wound unless we accept we are wounded and seek help.”

To date none of those involved have been prepared to speak publicly, but we continue to follow the story.

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