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Apr 9, 2019

Has Public Confidence in PM Barrow Diminished?

The Chief Justice’s decision to grant an interim injunction, effectively putting a stop to the I.C.J. referendum on April tenth, threw a wrench in the Barrow’s administration I.C.J. plans. The CJ’s ruling was a legal blow to the government, sending them back to the drawing board.  Aside from pointing fingers at the CJ, the PM also blames the opposition while expressing concerns over what can be described as the diminishing public confidence in him and his administration.

 

Dean Barrow

Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“That’s why I say that a great deal of blame must attach to the Opposition for what is this nakedly opportunistic move to delay the process. But I believe that properly explained, I believe that if we break it down to the Belizean people, they will understand exactly what’s going on and they will understand that the local shenanigans in front of courts here absolutely cannot be compared with the process at the I.C.J.  So while I accept that there is an element if concern in terms of what you have just described, we feel in the end confident that we can overcome that. “This is still urgent. April tenth is gone but this is still urgent. And try to get the C.C.J. to lift the injunction which would then mean that thereafter once we in fact completed the parliamentary fix we would be good to go. But then again going that that route will still involve us in confronting the delaying tactics of the Opposition. One does know though that the C.C.J. has no difficulty in a bridging time, in providing for expediting hearings because they have done so in a number of occasions. So that is one matter that is under review. We absolutely will fix this and give the people of Belize their right to determine whether or not we go to the I.C.J.”


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