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Feb 10, 2010

No dual citizenship in the House of Representatives

Dean Barrow

Dean Barrow

No Dual Citizens in the House. That’s the news coming out of the PM’s conference earlier today when he revealed that the Seventh Amendment to the constitution has been struck down.  Since the Prime Minister brought the bill to the House of Representatives in June of 2009, the general population spoke out vehemently against it at public consultations throughout the country.  The constitution amendment bill would have allowed members of the National Assembly to hold more than one nationality.  There is a caveat, however, and the P.M. says that dual citizen may be brought back in the future.

Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“The seventh constitutional amendment bill; we’re going back to the house with that. The House Committee has recommended that we not proceed with the dual citizenship amendment at this juncture and certainly in the form in which those amendments were crafted. So I can signal for now that we will have to drop that for moment. I mean to come back and try to re-craft taking onboard some of the views that were expressed during the public consultations, but we will not proceed with it at all at this juncture and if we come back it will not be in same form.”

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5 Responses for “No dual citizenship in the House of Representatives”

  1. drummy says:

    I think that having someone with dual citizeanship in the Govt. will only help the country. I think someone from the outside hopefully will see things a bit diff. People back home need to start thinking outside the box.

  2. mr. V says:

    tell me something drummy, cause i’m having a hard time grasping how dual citizenship will benefit out county belize? please tell me in which/what ways?

  3. Reggie says:

    Dual Citizeanship in the house will be good for the country.But first we must make it clear that only BELIZEAN who is born in Belize and get citizeanship in a next Country will be allowed to run for office.Belizean American can help a great lot.first of all they have exposure and see how things work in other country which can help the Belizean.Also America always want one of their own to run thing in the world.So Belize will be able to get a lot of help from abroad.Think about it before it is 2 late.

  4. Elgin/Bronx says:

    I disagree to having someone of dual Citizenship holding high office in our Country.Can you imagine what would happen if you had someone who was born in Guatemala as our prime Minister.Do you realize the amount of classified information that can be disclosed about Belize to authorities in Guatemala which would eventually come back and hurt us.Wake up Belize we are the only Country on this planet that is still asleep.

  5. teke says:

    The only person making sense here is Elgin/Bronx. What in the heck is going on with Reggie? “America always wants one of their own to run thing in the world”? You need to liven up. Using your logic it is then best to look to dual citizenship in terms of someone born outside who WANTED and CHOSE to become a Belizean. Not a Belizean who decided his/her nationlality was not enough!

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