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May 12, 2015

Francis Fonseca Says Government is Flip-flopping on Referendum Preparedness

Francis Fonseca

In the first referendum go-round, Belize was set to go while Guatemala couldn’t get out the starting date. For the past couple years, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has maintained a special team which has done nothing, but prepare for a referendum. So why is the government saying that suddenly Belize would not be ready to take that step this year?

 

Francis Fonseca, P.U.P. Leader

“I haven’t been able to get a proper explanation from the Prime Minister or the government on that matter. It’s not clear to me. The only logical conclusion I can draw is that the Prime Minister does not want this matter to form the basis of any election campaign which increasingly seems likely to start very likely despite his exhortations to the contrary. So that can be the only logical conclusion…that the Prime Minister does not want this issue to be caught up in any election campaign. You know, I think if there is another explanation it has to be provided to the Belizean people.”

 

In other news from Opposition… We’ve been able to confirm that the P.U.P. will be announcing at least one significant internal change in a press conference to be held on Wednesday as it prepares for elections. Today, Fonseca declined to pre-empt the conference, but we are told unofficially that Dangriga Area Representative Ivan Ramos has declined to seek re-election whenever general elections will be called. He will be replaced by Anthony Sabal, a retired teacher.

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