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Jun 5, 2018

Solving a Problem Like Guatemalan Citizenship Renunciation

John Briceño

Ahead of the July first start of the long overdue re-registration exercise, the People’s United Party has shared many of its concerns about the preparation of the Elections and Boundaries Commission and Election and Boundaries Department for re-registering as many as two hundred thousand persons countrywide to vote.  A few thousand of those are previous Guatemalan citizens who have renounced their citizenship to become Belizeans. But after the recent revelations that the Guatemalan constitution enshrines rejection of any renunciation of citizenship, the compatibility with Belize’s constitution has been called into question. The P.U.P., according to leader John Briceño, is seeking legal advice on the issue. Briceño said caution should be exercised, especially with those former Guatemalans who have made their lives in the Jewel.

 

John Briceño, Leader, P.U.P.

“As I see it this is an issue that is both legal and political. Legal because of the mismatch with the Belize Constitution, and political, because we have thousands of Belizeans that have been living – Guatemalan citizens that are now Belizean citizens accordingly, since 1981 – what are we going to do with these people? These people, by all effect they are Belizeans. So what I have done is I have asked our legal advisor to work with our attorneys to look at this matter from a legal perspective, and then to provide us some sort of guidance and secondly, after we receive the legal advice, then we will have to meet with our parliamentary caucus, and then we will need to meet to agree on our position on this issue. But let me remind you – and we need to think about this – that we are talking about the lives of many people who love this country. So we have to be careful and we need to make sure that we get it right.”

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1 Response for “Solving a Problem Like Guatemalan Citizenship Renunciation”

  1. Andre A Lopez says:

    I believe that most naturalized Guatemalans, are fine and good citizens, work hard love Belize and should be allowed to vote. However, I know naturalized Guatemalans who don’t work, live well and are often seen in Guatemala and I question their legitimate right to vote in Belize. This is a difficult and delicate issue and I pray that we get it right. André Lopez, J.P.

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