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New leader ‘Shyne’ Barrow ‘humbled,’ hails overcoming challenges

Posted: Tuesday, March 29, 2022. 10:19 am CST.

By Aaron Humes: A Barrow is back in charge of the United Democratic Party (UDP), but only just.

And, expectedly, the first words from Moses “Shyne” Barrow were of humility and respect for his seasoned opponent: “I am extremely humbled and grateful and I definitely kudos for Hon. Panton for a hard-fought victory. She has proven herself as a formidable political force and we are shaking hands and we have agreed to work together for the interest of the United Democratic Party. Thank you to all the delegates that have given me their confidence today.” He further observed that despite the close nature of the campaigning, “the party is a healthy reflection of democracy; I think we handled ourselves pretty well. There wasn’t a lot of mudslinging, if any at all we kept it internal.”

Barrow takes heart from the displays of acknowledgment from his opponent on Sunday, but he disagreed that he had to “flush” supporters of his beaten opponent and of the former leader, Patrick Faber, to cement his status: “My position has never been to have any type of hatred towards anyone who was not supporting me…I am more concerned about people who were just occupying positions and not working; but if someone was doing an outstanding job in a particular position, just because that person may have voted for Tracy or may have been a Faber proponent, my instinct is not to get rid of anyone. That’s not how I think.”

However, he still views himself as something of an underdog, pointing out that he operated from a position of some disadvantage: “I overcame so many odds, so many historic possibilities that maybe people wanted to see a Mia Mottley, maybe people wanted to see no more Barrow – all kind of things I overcome… You know that I have more disadvantages because of my global currency that I operate in as you so eloquently put it and I have many disadvantages because of being a Barrow, because you know there is a faction – I don’t want to get into negativity, let me stay positive.”

And he concluded that he will not try to satisfy everyone, certainly not those tainted by the ‘PUP narrative’: “…first you don’t care about Belize, you never use to talk about Belize, now you are promoting Belize, you are doing a better job than the minister of tourism, now you are doing too much. Human beings are never satisfied and if I would listen to human beings like you and the PUP, I would not be the leader of the United Democratic Party right now.”


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