UDP to set date for Deputy Leadership election Print E-mail
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Thursday, 17 March 2016 00:00

The United Democratic Party has issued a release in which it states that a date will be set shortly to select a new first deputy. In the release the party explains that “the National Party Council will meet shortly after the March 20 Convention to decide on the procedure and timing for a special election to choose the new First Deputy Party Leader to succeed Hon. Vega.”

Via a letter dated March 8, 2016, the UDP was informed by Hon. Vega that he would no longer stand for elections in the Orange Walk North Constituency and also stated that he would not continue as First Deputy Party Leader of the UDP. With the announcement there will now be room for an election and so far Hon. John Saldivar and Hon. Patrick Faber have expressed their interest to run for the position as soon as the date is set.

It is noteworthy that while Hon. Gaspar Vega has said he is no longer interested in electoral politics, he will remain a minister in the UDP’s cabinet and will serve out his term as a minister. Additionally, Hon. Vega has made clear that he will continue to “faithfully serve the United Democratic Party and will do the interest of the betterment of the party”. He also “will work arduously with my successor to ensure another victory for the great constituency of Orange Walk North”.

Hon. Vega is a long standing supporter and member of the UDP and has delivered the Orange Walk North constituency in three successive elections in 2008, 2012 and 2015. In the UDP Secretariat’s release it states that, “the United Democratic Party expresses its profound gratitude to Hon Vega for his long and successful tenure as First Deputy Leader. No one worked harder, especially in the North, to achieve the record electoral successes of the UDP, and Hon Vega is worthy of great praise and thanks.