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Sep 28, 2015

General Elections to be held on November Fourth!

We can’t say that the early elections are a surprise because it has been felt for some time that the P.M. would so do taking advantage of a number of factors. Indeed his Independence Day speech set the tone for today’s announcement and today he said he was going to the electorate for a new mandate.

 

Dean Barrow, Prime Minister

“The super bond was restructured, saving the country $500m; public finances are robust; reserves are at historic highs; public officers are better paid than ever; the BOOST and Food Pantry programs are renowned poverty-fighting models for this entire region; tuition and scholarship grants have expanded educational opportunities for thousands of families; the economy has added more than 4500 jobs each year since 2007; the DFC is strong again; social security is safe and looking to increase benefits; and the new NBB has delivered thousands of small and midsize loans to the poor and the middle class. Besides all this, investments in healthcare, education and citizen security have reversed the PUP decline, and affordable development financing is once again flowing freely from Belizes IFI sponsors. Most dramatically, of course, hundreds of millions in low cost Petrocaribe funds are being invested in national infrastructure and community development. And this has resulted in an unprecedented proliferation of new highways, bridges, roads, streets, drains and sporting facilities in our cities, towns and villages. In recent weeks, in what can be viewed as the latestchapter in national resurgence, we have settled claims for both the BEL and BTL acquisitions. These vital public utilities are now and forever more part of the national patrimony, and benefits redound to Belizeans by way of the lowest light and telecom rates ever.”

 

We have more from the Prime Minister coming up in the newscast.

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