Belizean politician Patrick Faber has announced that he will resign as leader of the opposition in the house of representatives and as the leader of the United Democratic Party (UDP).
Both resignations become effective on January 31, 2022.
The move comes following intense public pressure surrounding an alleged domestic incident.
Faber in a pre-recorded video message earlier this week said, “while I maintain that the information circulating about matters with Dr Shanikka Arnold is not the facts, the ills that come with allegations are simply too much of a burden for me to place on the shoulders of our beloved party and its faithful membership.”
He added, “I have decided to focus my attention on giving my fiancé, in this her time of need, my full attention and support. While doing so I will also work on me to ensure that in future times I can continue to be as best as I can the advocate for Belize’s development that you’ve all known me to be in the past.”
Since the announcement of his resignation, the UDP National Organization of Women has thrown its support behind Tracy Panton as the next leader of the opposition and leader of the UDP.