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Who will Lead the UDP?

Now that we have looked at the various ways that the UDP can proceed to resolve its internal issue, we take a look at potential leaders. Currenlty, there are only seven members of the United Democratic Party who are eligible to replace Patrick Faber as Party Leader if the petition succeeds. They are Hugo Patt, Tracy Taeger Panton, Sheena Pitts, Denis “Sista B” Barrow, Moses “Shyne” Barrow, Khalid Belisle and the chairman himself Michael Peyreffite. They are all members of the National Assembly. One person who is not in the circle is John Saldivar. His name came up earlier when reports surfaced when there was a political undercurrent to have Faber removed. Saldivar, currently is not eligible to run for party leader, though he has indicated he has no interest in doing so. Peyreffitte says he hasn’t spoken to Saldivar about the matter.

Michael Peyrefitte, Chairman, UDP: “I’ve had no conversation with the Honorable John Saldivar concerning this matter and in terms of him being leader technically speaking in the UDP only eight people can be the leader of the UDP. Our constitution is clear. The United Democratic Party can only be led by a person in the national assembly which consists of the five persons of the House and the three members in the Senate those are the only people that can lead the UDP. So if you look at Mr.Saldivar’s position he’s not in the National Assembly so at this time even if he’s the person leading this charge and I have no evidence before me to think that he’s the one doing it I can assure you that he definitely knows because he definitely knows the constitution well that if Mr.Faber were to be removed at a recall convention he cannot be the leader unless he becomes a Senator or something after that.”

It’s full steam ahead with a convention to determine whether Patrick Faber will remain at the Leader of the United Democratic Party. Party Chairman Michael Peyrefitte says it’s best to have it as soon as possible.

Michael Peyrefitte, Chairman, UDP: “There is no timeline set out in the constitution. So I take that to be as quickly as possible and so I want to do it, I don’t want to give the date at this point but I can tell you it will be very very soon, that’s my intention.”

Reporter: And no one can cry foul that it is being held too quickly, that it won’t give them the opportunity to try and convince the delegates ?

Michael Peyrefitte, Chairman, UDP: “Well there’s always crying. I mean some people would say it’s too far away, some people would say it’s too close but you know we just have to make a decision that’s in the best interest of the party and we proceed with it. I am sure that the Honorable Patrick Faber will have a word with the delegates as much as he can to try and convince them not to recall him and I’m sure that the people who have signed the petition or people who are sponsoring the petition are going to try and convince the delegates to vote to recall the Honorable Faber but that’s politics and so the delegates will have to listen to both sides I’m sure and then the time of polling they will make their decision as to what they want to do  that’s what the party constitution says. It is in their hands to decide if they want to recall the person that they elected.”

Faber has committed to remain silent on the matter, saying he will make a public statement when appropriate.