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Feb 28, 2008

Gordon is church nominee for Senate

Story PictureThe Belize Council of Churches and Belize Evangelical Association have announced their nominee for appointment to the Senate. He is Henry Gordon. Gordon is no stranger to the world of politics, having served as Cabinet Secretary in the last U.D.P. administration and more recently as an activist for political reform. He will join his fellow reform advocate Godwin Hulse, who is the nominee put up by the Chamber of Commerce and Business Bureau. Ironically, Hulse and Gordon form two thirds of the “Group of Three”, who are lobbying to have the Senate elected instead of appointed. Prime Minister Dean Barrow has been cool to the idea of an elected Senate and will seek a constitutional amendment to create an “empowered” Senate in which the Opposition and Independent Senators will outnumber those appointed by the government.

In other news of government appointments, Barrow has named the Cayo South Area Representative Ramon Witz as the new chairman of the Reconstruction and Development Corporation, the body which supervises the distribution of land in Belmopan. Witz is one of four U.D.P. backbenchers who were not appointed to Cabinet or named as ministers of state.

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