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Prime Minister says Iron Mike may remain in Toledo East

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Posted: Wednesday, April 17, 2024. 9:41 am CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Economic Development, Dr. Osmond Martinez has launched his candidacy for Toledo East via social media.

While, the People’s United Party (PUP) is yet to announce officially about conventions in constituencies, Dr. Martinez’ social media pages are active.

Dr. Martinez said that when it is open, he will submit an application to the National Party Council.

But Martinez isn’t an official candidate yet and Minister Mike Espat has held that seat since 1993.

While there is still speculation about Espat’s departure, there is also word that he may want his son to run for Toledo East.

Prime Minister John Briceno has since indicated that while Iron Mike was ill, he hasn’t indicated what his plans are.

“First of all, Osmond Martinez has not declared his candidacy, he’s expressed interest, big difference. And the minute he declares his candidacy, he would have to step down as CEO, that’s first. Secondly, I have great respect for Mike Espat. Honorable Mike Espat has been, before me, I have served more years than him because I have not lost elections but he was first elected in 1989 and he has served with distinction. He served when Toledo was really the forgotten district, bad roads, no electricity, no water, no nothing and he constantly was fighting and fighting and fighting and advocating to bring betterment to the entire district and I have to give him credit for that,” Briceno said.

“Unfortunately, now he’s of age, he had a bad accident when we were in government and he was in a coma for about a month in Miami, he almost lost his life. So for him to be able to come back is incredible, that’s why they call him iron Mike. But he has not been doing well of late and so we’re trying to find out from him what is his plan. But we have to treat him with great respect and dignity and we plan to do that as to what will be his plan in the near future,” Briceno added.

The People’s United Party is yet to announce if there will be contested conventions and in which divisions.

 

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