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Jun 1, 2005

Deputy P.M. says Belmopan has the will to make cuts…

Story PictureAnd with the lightning quick reflexes of an administration under pressure, Deputy Prime Minister Johnny Briceño was immediately ready to give the official reaction to the U.D.P. analysis.

John Briceño, Deputy Prime Minister
?We are a responsible government. We are totally committed to protecting the peg, the official exchange of two Belize dollars to one U.S. We are responsible enough, we have the capacity, we have the people with the ideas and the ability to be able to ensure that we keep that. So that already you see within the party that Mr. Barrow now is feeling threatened that he has to do something and unfortunately for him, it did not work out because there were no new ideas that he presented today. But yet in our side, everybody recognises that we have one leader, Said Musa. He is the Prime Minister, he speaks for the government, and that we are all working along with him because it?s a team effort. That despite all the noises that we are having, or the problems in January, February, March, whereby we as a government were sitting down with the unions, discussing, opening up the books showing to them what we are doing. Despite the fact that they were creating a lot of problems, political problems, strikes and etcetera, etcetera, even calling for the resignation of the Prime Minister, he has not taken that personal. He would listen and then whenever the time comes he would again sit down and speak with him calmly, as a leader should, as a Prime Minister should. And I think that is the big difference between the United Democratic Party and the People?s United Party.?

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