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Posted: Wednesday, March 30, 2022. 11:51 am CST.

By Aaron Humes: She has already closed the door on a court challenge, but Albert area representative Tracey Taegar-Panton still has much to get off her chest about the outcome of Sunday’s leadership convention which she narrowly lost.

Taegar-Panton mused today on social media about the heavy hand of former Prime Minister and party leader Dean Barrow in supporting son Moses “Shyne” Barrow and his open admission to reporters that “he cashed in ALL his chips and he called in ALL his favors in support of his son,” that he did nothing illegal, and therefore had no apologies to make.

And no matter Chairman Michael Peyrefitte’s insistence that it wouldn’t have mattered if another recount of the votes had been done, Taegar-Panton says he “exercised extremely poor judgment as well as abdicated his responsibility to the greater good of the party when he adamantly refused to proceed with a recount.”

“Take the Party to court if you want a recount,” he shouted. “In my personal view, this stance was a gross dereliction of his duty. These are the actions that weaken our democracy and continue to make us vulnerable to a Government Administration who enjoys a supermajority in the House.”

But these are no sour grapes, she asserts, repeating that she and her campaign team did things the right way and gained “the trust, confidence, and hearts of many UDP Supporters and the wider Belizean population.”

And she concludes, “So do not be disheartened, our time will come. Until then, we will join our hands, our minds, our hearts to the work of uniting, healing, and rebuilding our great United Democratic Party so we can nurture a culture of fair play and inclusion. We will continue to speak truth to power.”

Reports suggest that a list of alleged loyalists to now-former leader Patrick Faber were purged and replaced by alleged loyalists to Barrow, who insisted after Sunday’s result that he did not act from a spirit of vindictiveness, though signaled intent to remove those “doing nothing” in their positions within the party.

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