Opposition Leader Reflects on Municipal Election Loss, Pledges Party Unity

Opposition Leader Reflects on Municipal Election Loss, Pledges Party Unity

Leader of the Opposition Moses Shyne Barrow says that he is not discouraged by the results of the March 6 Municipal Elections. Despite the United Democratic Party only capturing one municipality with a mixed council, Barrow reminded that back in 1993, the UDP under Manuel Esquivel won the general elections after losing all municipal seats. Barrow said that the party will have to work to rebuild the confidence of the people, which is a process that takes time. He stressed that the process is no different from the last time the UDP or People’s United Party was in opposition. Barrow says that the UDP’s current focus is to remain united heading into the 2025 general elections and he is prepared to step aside if he does not deliver a victory at the polls.

Moses “Shyne” Barrow, Leader of the Opposition: “People might want to profer that ‘oh for three years you know you had an opportunity to make gain.’ well for three years let’s dissect the three years of the UDP putting the People’s United Party aside. You had a year under one leader and he was embattled, he had challenges and the difficulties that I wouldn’t wish on anyone. Then we moved into my leadership I faced challenges and difficulties that I wouldn’t wish on anyone as far as the internal struggles that were a blood letting of sorts, a public blood letting of sorts that I don’t know I guess it rivals the Briceno era the first incarnation of Briceno when they took back Independence Hall from him and started a newspaper against him. So it rivals the nadir of political depravity and it wasn’t until maybe the six or seven months before the municipal elections that everything calmed down and everyone was working toward the same goal. You can’t expect that we are going to suspend that agenda and that approach. That approach has to continue and that is why the national convention made the decision in its wisdom that we will continue with one leader. And at the end of that time as I’ve said repeatedly if I do not deliver sixteen seats or at least something close in proximity I will stand aside and I will support wholeheartedly whoever the party chooses as leader.”

Barrow officially took up leadership of the UDP after winning the leadership convention on March 27, 2022.

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