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Apr 2, 2008

Briceño sworn in as Opposition Leader

Story PictureJohn Briceño was today sworn in as Leader of the Opposition. The event took place at Belize House in Belmopan where the Governor General hosted Briceño, other officials, family members and supporters.

John Briceño, Leader of the Opposition
“I John Briceño do swear that I will bear true faith and allegiance to Belize, I will uphold the constitution and the law and that I will conscientiously, impartially and to the best of my ability discharge my duties as the Leader of the Opposition and do right to all manner of people without fair or favour, affection or ill will so help me God.”

In reply the Governor General, never at a loss for words, offered the new Opposition Leader some very appropriate advice.

Sir Colville Young, Governor General
“There’s a little bit of wisdom that I have always liked and I would just like to share with him. The wisdom goes like this: look not to the past with regret nor to the future with fear … but around you with understanding.”

Among those present at this morning’s swearing in were fellow Opposition representatives Mark Espat and Cordel Hyde, whose support, both in and out of the House, will be crucial.

Cordel Hyde, Area Rep., Lake Independence
“The challenge for us now is to get together and find a common ground, regain our balance and move forward and recommit ourselves to the core ethics of this party and that is that—as the party leader said—every single one of us are equal, none of us are any bigger than the other. At the end of the day when election day comes each of us have one vote. Whether you’re rich like Michael Ashcroft or poor like me you have one vote. And I think we have to recommit ourselves to that because that is the way it used to be back in the days when I was a bit younger.”

Mark Espat, Area Rep., Albert
“There is tremendous work ahead and I have said to the party leader that I am prepared to carry my load in ensuring that in the next fifty-eight months we will all be here for the inauguration of the new prime minister and the new P.U.P. government.”

No date has yet been announced for the first working session of the new House of Representatives.

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