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Apr 3, 2019

PM Barrow Says He’s Extremely Disappointed with Injunction

Dean Barrow

The monkey wrench that has been thrown into government’s I.C.J. timetable has undoubtedly upset its plans to proceed with a referendum next Wednesday.  In fact, while it did not anticipate the surprising outcome, the Barrow administration has been forced to revisit the drawing board and re-strategize a legal approach.  Late this afternoon, Prime Minister Barrow convened a press conference where he expressed his disappointment with the decision, in light of the investment that has been made in the referendum campaign.

 

Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“Of course, I am extremely disappointed by the ruling but I have absolutely no doubt in my mind that we may have lost a battle; we will absolutely win the war.  My disappointment is, of course, based on the fact that there has been all this preparation.  There has been the frenzied effort to get our people properly informed.  There has been the tremendous hard work done by the Referendum Unit by the public officers.  There has been this intense thorough-going, absolutely healthy debate and if this judgment were to mean the end of the road, I would be absolutely furious at the fact that the people of this country would have been deprived of their opportunity to make a decision whether yes or no.  I think it is the fundamental right of the Belizean public and nothing should stand in the way of that.  But this is not the end of the road.”


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