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May 6, 2015

Francis Fonseca Takes PM to Court

P.U.P. leader, Francis Fonseca is taking Prime Minister Dean Barrow to court. He says the Prime Minister is acting illegally by not allowing the thirteenth Senator to be appointed. Five years ago, in 2010, this government passed the Sixth Amendment which contained twenty-three sections in total. All those sections have been put into play except two – the two which specifically speak to the appointment of the thirteenth Senator. This morning Fonseca filed his claim at the Supreme Court and at a press conference held after, he said that claim is a demand for greater oversight. According to the P.U.P. leader, the party has long supported the appointment of a thirteenth Senator as a matter of urgency.

 

Francis Fonseca

Francis Fonseca, P.U.P. Leader

“Mr. Barrow and the U.D.P. pledged and promised the Belizean people to restore and maintain good governance by reforming the Senate to ensure that those Senators nominated by the Opposition and N.G.O.s together constitute the majority and by empowering the Senate to initiate and conduct public inquiries into mismanagement or corruption by officials in Central Government or statutory bodies. Barrow and the U.D.P. have now abandoned the pledge, broken this promise and have turned their backs on governance reform and accountability.”

 

Eamon Courtenay

Eamon Courtenay, Attorney

“Mr. Barrow has decided that he is not going to bring into force Section seven and Section 9 of the Sixth Amendment. We say that is unconstitutional and unlawful, and we are going to ask the Supreme Court of Belize to decide whether that is so or not. Honourable Francis Fonseca is going to ask the Supreme Court to declare that the Prime Minister, Mr. Barrow, is acting unconstitutionally and unlawfully yet again, and most importantly we are asking the Supreme Court that if they agree that Mr. Barrow is yet again acting unconstitutionally, to make an order directing him to bring Section seven and nine of the Sixth Amendment into force within thirty days of an order of the Supreme Court. Ultimately, from a political perspective, from a legal perspective, the Party Leader is going to ask the Supreme Court to consider and decide whether we have a constitutional democracy in which the Constitution is supreme, or whether Mr. Dean Barrow is above the Constitution and the law of this country. We are going to ask the Supreme Court to determine and consider whether Belize is a democracy in which the rule of law prevails, or whether we now live in Barrowghanistan, where we have Dean Barrow prevailing with the rule of man.”

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