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Apr 16, 2018

In Belize, Will Political Parties Work Together?

John Briceño

In the absence of Prime Minister Barrow and Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington, we sought a reaction to Sunday’s outcome from Opposition Leader John Briceño.  The head of the People’s United Party, like the Government of Belize, congratulates Guatemala on the successful results of its referendum, despite a poor voter turnout.  On the home front, Briceño says that government has been mishandling the Belize/Guatemala differendum, citing as well, the lack of a bipartisan dialogue on the matter.

 

John Briceño, Leader of the Opposition

“First of all, I think I need to start off by congratulating the citizens of Guatemala, for those that participated.  On the referendum, Guatemala has for their part, they have had their referendum.  Well then we have to take it from there, what is going to be the next step.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“So there’s been a low voter turnout in Guatemala, in terms of persons who actually participated in the referendum, and there’s a possibility that perhaps the same can happen here, given the fact that it’s not necessarily an election.  The various parties may not be mobilizing persons to come out the way they should.  Does your party plan when that time comes, to try to get things going in terms of bringing out persons?  Where does the P.U.P. stand?”

 

John Briceño

“But that is the problem, that we don’t have an idea as to what are the plans from government.  We believe that the government has been handling this badly.  I don’t think there has been enough discussion, especially between the two major political parties that if we want a referendum to succeed one way or the other, yes or no, both major political parties would have to get involved to make sure that the voters can come out.  We’ve been saying it for some time, when I was just elected as leader I met with the prime minister and we were very excited in participating in the whole process when it comes to Belize/Guatemala.  As we’ve always said that this is a non-political matter [or] issue.  When it comes to the sovereignty of this country that we in the P.U.P. are prepared to work with any and everybody who’s prepared to stick by what we say, not a single square inch should be given to Guatemala, that we’re going to protect and preserve all of our territory.”

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1 Response for “In Belize, Will Political Parties Work Together?”

  1. asdkjer says:

    HA HA !!!
    YOU ALL WANT TO KISS GUATEMALA BY GOING TO ICJ, YOU WILL LEARN A GOOD LESSON.
    I HAVE NOTHING TO LOOSE, GO TO ICJ, I WILL HAVE MY KICKS WHEN GUATEMALAN KAIBILES COME TO RULE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY HERE IN BELIZE.

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