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Jan 15, 2019

P.U.P. Leaning Towards a “No” Position

Earlier today when we caught up with the P.U.P. leader, we asked him a number of questions with respect to the I.C.J.  In October 2018, John Briceño embarked on a countrywide listening tour to get feedback from party supporters on the upcoming referendum on April tenth. Last Tuesday, he sent out a release saying that four former P.U.P. foreign ministers, who were signing on a declaration, did not speak on behalf of the party. Briceño also said that he was sufficiently convinced that an overwhelming majority of P.U.P. supporters are not in favor of taking Guatemala’s claim to the I.C.J. for final resolution. Today he explained that the P.U.P. is leaning towards a ‘no’ position.


John Briceño

John Briceño, P.U.P. Leader

“There are varying degrees of ‘no’. Some are saying, no and that we should not go to the I.C.J., but a lot more people are saying that we don’t have enough information; we don’t think we are ready to hold a referendum. Because of that they believe that the government should change the date and if they don’t change the date, they believe that they should vote ‘no’ on the tenth of April. As a leader I should listen to the people and to our supporters. These are the things that they are bringing up and these are the concerns they have and as such I think I should reflect their concerns about the referendum on the tenth of April.”


Hipolito Novelo

“The party is leaning towards a ‘no’ position but that does not necessarily means that when you go to vote on April tenth that you will vote no, or is that the case?”


John Briceño

“Well as I tell everybody, our Party and many organizations will take a position on whether to go or not to go. But when you go in that polling room that is where then you will make a personal decision as to what you think is the best interest in Belize.”


Hipolito Novelo

“But you’ve said you would vote ‘yes’. Has anything change since our last interview?”


John Briceño

“I don’t think you have been listening to what I have been saying all along that right now I am talking as the party leader and that my position has been articulated as before.”


Briceño is expected to complete his listening tour this week.

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