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THE GUATEMALAN DISPUTE WITH BELIZE !
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QUIERES POLITICA. AQUI EN BELICE YA NO HAY POLITICA. MIRA A OBAMA Y HILLARY COMO SE ALABAN. AQUI JOHNNY BRICENO DERRROTO A FRANCIS FONSECA EN EL PUP Y NO SE QUEIREN NI HABLAR. AQUI WINNER TAKES IT ALL. NO SIRVE.
It is a shame! But here Hillary and Obama are from the same party and the party leaders force them to unite. Now when it comes to the other party,the republicans hate the democrats and vice versa. Their is no love relation there. Their hatred runs deep. So if they have to sleep with the enemy just to beat the other party they will do it.
Is Johnny and Francis from the same party?
New P.U.P. executive sworn in at special convention
It was the first political party since Independence to win two consecutive terms. But in the wake of its crushing defeat on February seventh, the Peoples’ United Party, buffeted by scandals before and after the election, was in crisis. Following a bitter fight for the party leadership, Johnny Briceño wasted no time in calling for a follow up convention to elect a new executive and consolidate his position. That took place on Sunday in Orange Walk, and while the call and response of “P.U.P. all the way” was loud and clear, the future of the party was anything but. News Five's Stewart Krohn reports.
John Briceño, Leader of the Opposition
“First we must heal the wounds of division and dissension within our party and unite. We must leave this convention and go to our communities and greet our friends with the good news that the P.U.P. is back.”
Stewart Krohn, Reporting
The P.U.P. may be back … but it’s not yet back together. On Sunday new party leader Johnny Briceño demonstrated that he could organise a credible convention at short notice, complete with a large crowd, fresh faces and elder statesmen. And while the enthusiasm was real, so too was the fact that key figures who were once the party’s backbone were nowhere to be seen. Among the missing in action were leader emeritus George Price, former prime minister Said Musa, area reps Francis Fonseca and Florencio Marin Junior and various defeated standard bearers including Ralph Fonseca, Godfrey Smith and Vildo Marin. In their absence a new executive was approved by acclamation, which included National Campaign Manager Eamon Courtenay. In a unique position to bridge the gap between the past and future, Courtenay characterizes the present as a transitional time for the party.
Eamon Courtenay, National Campaign Mgr., P.U.P.
“I believe that Said Musa will definatley come home to the P.U.P. By that I mean he will join and supports John’s leadership. I believe that he will play an essential role in supporting the initiatives as we attempt to reform the party and return it to its roots.”
“What is it gonna take to bring those guys over?”
“Time. It’s gonna take some time. I don’t believe that those guys are not supportive of John’s leadership. What has happened is that they were hoping that we would have accepted some of the other people on the executive. First thing, they never came forward with a proposal and said this is how we can have a unity slate and that was an error on their part. The party leader has met with virtually every single one of the old executive except for those who found it necessary to be vulgar and rude to him. He has met with them, he has reached out to them, he has asked them to serve and for their own reasons they have chosen not to serve.”
But not all those on the losing side of the last month’s leadership fight boycotted the convention. In fact most of the so called old guard have chosen to embrace the new realities of political life.
Rodwell Ferguson, Deputy National Campaign Manager, P.U.P.
“I’m a strong supporter of the Peoples’ United Party. Yes, I supported Francis because I said he was the guy that I want to choose but now we have a new leader and I’m hundred percent behind Mr. Briceño.”
“Why is it that some of your former colleagues in the leadership of the party don’t see it the way you see it?”
Bill Lindo, Deputy Communications Director
“Well, I guess all individuals are different but at the end of the day life is about change, life doesn’t stay one place. So you change or you will get fall behind. That’s the way it is in life.”
“Do you think some of the previous leadership of the P.U.P. is in some sort of denial?”
“I would say yes for some. Yes, I would be dare enough to say that is so, that we have to take our head out of the sand and move forward.”
And in moving forward, some of the conventional wisdom of Belizean politics is being turned on end … like the tradition that a party leader must come from Belize city. With Briceño based in Orange Walk, the task of maintaining a strong foothold in the old capital will fall to newly elected deputy leaders Mark Espat and Cordel Hyde.
Cordel Hyde, Deputy Party Leader
“Well, it’s gonna be different for one because we’ve never had a party leader from the Peoples’ United Party outside of Belize City but I think we have enough solid leaders from Belize City to carry the torch and make sure that we get our job done in there.”
Getting the job done will mean taking a new message to voters … but with the party’s headquarters, newspaper and radio station in the hands of the dissidents, the task will be complicated.
“These are very valuable assets. If we don’t have the return of those assets very quickly it means that the very little resources that we will be able to raise will have to be spent on buying new assets. We don’t have that type of money. And so I am making an appeal to the people who own these assets now to return them to the party so that these assets can be deployed in the fight to return the Peoples’ United Party—first of all—to power in the municipal elections which is less than a year away. So we need to resolve this issue, resolve it quickly and I think a donation to the party, we can constitute a trust with some new trustees and hold all of these assets for the benefits of all members of the party.”
But with resources slim, Briceño prefers to offer an olive branch instead of cash.
“What is your message to those people who didn’t show up today; the Francis Fonsecas, the Said Musas, the Ralph Fonsecas, the Godfrey Smiths? What is your message to those who stayed home?”
“My message is simple. The party is big enough for everyone. Everyone has a role to play in this party and they are welcome whenever they are ready to come back and work in unity to give hope to the Belizean people to be able to get back to Belmopan within the next five years.”
History shows that elections are not won by an opposition as much as they are lost by the government. And while in such a case all the opposition party has to do is show up, at this moment the new Peoples’ United Party has yet to arrive. Stewart Krohn for News Five.
Along with Espat and Hyde, the third Deputy Leader is Dan Silva of Cayo. Carolyn Trench-Sandiford is Party Chairperson while other new faces include Narda Garcia as Communications Director, Anthony Sylvestre as Legal Advisor and Tony Chanona as Chairman of the Policy and Reform Committee. Previous holders of executive positions have maintained that their terms don’t expire until July of 2009 and have threatened to take legal action against the party for acting unconstitutionally. Today we sought comment from former chairman Francis Fonseca who did not return our call, while former Deputy Leader Godfrey Smith told News Five's Janelle Chanona that he’d “think about it.”