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Dec 12, 2016

‘Prime Minister in Waiting’ Did as Expected; the Boss is Pleased

Acting Prime Minister Patrick Faber held his own as head of government in the House of Representatives on Friday, a first for any parliamentarian deputizing in that capacity.  Prior to the sitting of the House, Faber signed on to the United Nations Convention against Corruption, UNCAC, the first global legally binding international anti-corruption instrument for which the Chamber of Commerce and the B.N.T.U. brought pressure on G.O.B. to ratify.  We asked Prime Minister Barrow if he had gotten any response to Faber substituting as head of government.

 

Isani Cayetano

“Have you gotten any feedback with regards to Deputy Prime Minister, Acting Prime Minister Patrick Faber in the House yesterday, in terms of the way he was able to handle this particular responsibility in your absence?”

 

Dean Barrow

Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“From what I heard it’s a case of dog bites man.  He did well but that is to be expected.  I had, I was never in any doubt that he would do well.  But still, it was nice to hear that he performed admirably, as was expected.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“And with regards to the signing of the UNCAC, many were believing that you would have been the one to actually endorse the document on behalf of Belize signing on to this UN Convention and Patrick Faber as your deputy was the one who was able to do so.”

 

Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“I would have liked to have been able to do it myself but basically Patrick Faber is the prime minister in waiting, he is the deputy prime minister and so the fact is that the highest government official present in country at the time did the signing and Belize has signed.  I don’t think ultimately that it matters that I didn’t do it personally.  It’s a milestone and I am very happy that it has been achieved.”

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