The race for the Leadership of the United Democratic Party has for some time now been known to be between current Minister of Education Patrick Faber and Minister of National Security, John Saldivar. Minister Faber had indicated that he has not yet launched a full-fledged campaign. But the race is undoubtedly ongoing between both men. In the recent days, Minister Saldivar has, on his social media account, publicly endorsed candidates to contest the 2020 general election in the UDP Camp in Stann Creek, Toledo, Cayo and the Belize District. Today he was asked whether this was a strategy in his race for the leadership of the UDP.
John Saldivar, Minister of National Security: “I think it’s just my style, I’m a very involved person. I have my way of doing things, my leadership style and I feel I had to weigh in on some of these races across the country for people who might be able to influence because we do want to put the best possible team together and as you may have noticed right now what I have been recommending and what my preferences are are not along leadership lines because I am recommending people who support me and also people who support Minister Faber so that is not the intent.”
So what has the Minister been doing to push his campaign for the Leadership of the party? He says not much.
John Saldivar, Minister of National Security: “Not necessarily at this time. I believe that my work will show for itself. I guess I will say similar things to what Minister Faber has said my work in my ministry, what the new assignment that I’ve had in terms of the police department and the fight against crime I think that will help to show the people of Belize the kind of skills that I bring to the table in terms of leadership and eventually like I’ve always said leadership isn’t something that you go out and get or fight for it is something that the people decide that they want you to be their leader and if they find me to be that person I’ll be happy to accept the job.”
The leadership convention will take place in 2019.