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Patrick Faber claims UDP Party Leader attempted to use him for political gain

Posted: Friday, March 31, 2023. 7:54 pm CST.

By Breaking Belize News Staff: Former United Democratic Party Leader Patrick Faber has accused current Party Leader Shyne Barrow of trying to convince him to support his leadership by offering a chance to run for the Collet constituency in the next General Election.

In a letter written to Party Chairman Michael Peyrefitte submitted on today’s date, Faber alleges that Barrow told him he would have Collet Standard Bearer Ian Jones step aside if he would support a motion that would be presented at the upcoming national party council, for Barrow to remain leader uncontested, until the next General Elections.

Faber further alleged that: “I made it clear to the Leader that I could not support such a position and that any resolution that did not involve a democratic process would not be in the best interest of the party. I shared with him my view that the party is currently the most divided it has ever been and in times like these democratic principles needed to be strictly adhered to. I also expressed that any resolution that involved a quid pro quo arrangement would not be acceptable to me,” Faber said.

Faber further alleged that Barrow is withholding making Ian Jones’s recent resignation as standard bearer effective, dependent upon his support of Barrow’s leadership. Faber called on Peyrefitte to address the issue urgently as such positions are undemocratic and go against the party’s constitution.

We reached out to Barrow late this evening for comment but up to the posting of this article he has not responded.


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