By Esther Durand, BVI News Staff
Third District Representative Julian Fraser has confirmed he will be contesting the 2019 General Election with his own political party.
While remaining tight-lipped on the party’s name, Fraser said he is now recruiting potential members to join the new political organisation and said the process is going “well”.
Fraser declined to comment on the number of persons who have expressed interest in joining his organisation or who have been recruited, so far.
Asked why he is starting his own political party, Fraser told BVI News last week: “I think the territory needs an alternative [besides the two main political parties] and in the absence of an alternative, they (voters) are stuck with what they’ve got and I don’t think that’s good enough for the territory.”
The two mainstream political parties in the BVI are the governing National Democratic Party and the Virgin Islands Party (VIP), within which Fraser sits as a member of the parliamentary opposition.
Fraser has been at odds with the VIP since he was voted out as party chairman and subsequently removed as Leader of the Opposition — a post now held by First District Representative, Andrew Fahie.
When posed with fresh questions about the condition of his relationship with Fahie, Fraser claimed he has forgotten the Opposition Leader’s name.
“I don’t remember his name,’ Fraser said while declining to entertain any further conversation on the subject.
Back in 2017 during his final days as Leader of the Opposition, Fraser claimed the VIP had trust issues and ‘deception’ was used to unseat him as party chairman.
Fraser was first elected to parliament in 1999 under VIP banner.
Over his political career, Fraser has served as Minister of Communications and Works, Minister for Natural Resources & Labour, and as Deputy Chief Minister.
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