There has been much speculation as to whether or not the Prime Minister Dean Barrow should stay on until the end of his term in 2020. There is an ongoing battle for leadership between Minister of Education Patrick Faber and Minister of National Security John Saldivar. The UDP leadership had reached the national level when the Government felt it necessary to issue a press release to say that the Cabinet had discussed the topic and the PM would remain in office. The Leader of the Opposition says it doesn’t matter if he does because the people of the country are ready for change.
John Briceno, Leader of the Opposition: One story is that the cabinet asked him, begged him to stay but I listened very keenly to Minister Hulse when he was interviewed I think it was last week when he was here in Orange Walk about what his comments were about the Prime Minister’s staying on as Prime Minister; and he said that it was solely the decision of the Prime Minister to stay on. So who do we believe ? Do we believe Mr.Hulse or do we believe what the cabinet says that they were begging him to stay? But what is very clear is that it is very clear that the UDP has no succession plan. There were three presumed candidates for leadership, one did not make it through the gate he lost in his convention in Port Loyola and now these two I mean the fighting between them is so bad it’s embarrassing how they are behaving. So there is no succession plan and the best they can do I think is that by the present prime minister to stay on they can limp their way to the end of 2020. They have no succession plan, they have no plan for developing this country. All these ministers are concerned with is to try to hold on to power as long as they can so that they can continue to enjoy the fancy vehicle and the driver and all the perks that they get as ministers. One thing is abundantly clear wherever we go the people of this country they are tired of the UDP government, they don’t care who is going to be their next leader because they have felt that this government has been a fraud, that the UDP has let them down and they believe that instead of the country moving forward it has been regressing. So it doesn’t matter what they do, it doesn’t matter if the prime minister stays on or leaves today or tomorrow or at the end the term I think it’s a forewarned conclusion that the Belizean people are tired of the government and they want to get them out of Belmopan as quickly as possible.