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Oct 25, 2018

Deputy Prime Minister Says He Doesn’t Support A Change in Referendum Date

Patrick Faber

Opposition Leader John Briceño is embarking on a country-wide visit which he has dubbed as a ‘listening tour.’  His first stop is in Dangriga tonight which forms part of the southern caucus that recently came out saying ‘NO’ to the I.C.J.  The purpose is to feel the people’s pulse on taking Guatemala’s maritime, insular and territorial claim on Belize to the I.C.J.  Based on the general sentiment of the people and some P.U.P.’s area representatives and standard bearers; Briceño says that the tour will help to better inform the party’s position on the I.C.J.  Briceño also raised the issue of a postponement of the April tenth 2019 referendum.  Today, Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber was asked about the Opposition’s tour and the date for the referendum.

 

Patrick Faber, Deputy Prime Minister

“Well, I don’t know how that can help the situation. I think all Belizeans know and maybe it is a sign that in fact he is slow in the game, and we all knew that we have postponed the date of referendum once or twice and this would be a third time if we do. We were to have this referendum simultaneous with the Guatemalan referendum and that didn’t happen. Clearly, if we were to say to the Guatemalans and the international community that we want to kick the pan even further down the road, it would come off not in our favour. So, I don’t support that at all.  I feel that the Leader of the Opposition should have started his work of consultation if that is what he feels is important a long time ago. We didn’t just come up with the date of April tenth yesterday, so that is an indication that in fact he has not been early enough in the execution of his duties.”

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