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Feb 13, 2017

P.U.P. Says Eamon Goes Nowhere

Eamon Courtenay

The People’s United Party has rallied support behind its leader in the Senate, Eamon Courtenay, amid calls for his removal by the United Democratic Party and the Government of Belize. The U.D.P. and G.O.B., which in this case are identical but not one and the same, charge that Courtenay has been working for the companies challenging Belize on international arbitration awards while pretending, in their view, to champion Belize’s cause. They have cited Section one hundred and twenty-one of the Constitution which prohibits conflicts of interest for members of the National Assembly. Courtenay has disclosed his interest and intent to continue fighting the Government on the anti-arbitration legislation that it passed in the National Assembly in January, and in this, says P.U.P. leader and the Leader of the Opposition in the House of Representatives, John Briceño, he has the party’s unwavering backing and trust.

 

John Briceño

John Briceño, P.U.P. Leader

“Eamon Courtenay has demonstrated that he has and always continued to stand on the side of the people of Belize. What is happening is that the U.D.P., and the Prime Minister – they are afraid of having Eamon Courtenay stay in the Senate. And I want to give them the news that Eamon Courtenay is going to stay in the Senate.”

 

Reporter

“Do you agree or disagree that there is a conflict of interest?”

 

John Briceño

“Of course I disagree. And what they are doing – it is, they have no evidence, it is their opinion. And why don’t they ask the Prime Minister about his conflict of interest with his law firm – him, the Prime Minister, that [sat] down and [agreed] to a settlement of B.T.L.; for a company that’s worth a little over a hundred million dollars, end up saddling the Belizean people with a bill for over five hundred and fifty-seven million dollars. Where was the prime Minister’s interest – was it to serve one of his former clients, through his law firm? Or was it to serve the Belizean people?”

 

Later in the press conference, the party leader would reiterate that the P.U.P. has no financial or other relationship with Michael Ashcroft or any of his companies and that he would not be treated differently than any other investor doing business in Belize.

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