Monday, September 28th, 2015. Aaron Humes Reporting: Asking the people of Belize for a “fresh mandate” to “focus now exclusively on the positive, on forwarding opportunity and change,” Prime Minister Dean Barrow has just announced via radio that he has asked the Governor General to dissolve the National Assembly and set general elections for November 4, 2015, with nominations to be taken on October 16.
“A New Belize must burst forth, where progress, prosperity and stability can reign untrammeled,” the Prime Minister said, adding that, “to forge ahead, to strike out in different directions, to fertilize this new bloom of change and advance and inclusion, we must re-inscribe our compact with the people.”
The Prime Minister touted his two administrations’ record, including restructuring of the “Superbond” and settlements of the millstones of BTL and BEL; improved finances and working social programs, greater educational opportunities, more jobs, investments in healthcare, education and citizen security.
Now, said, the Prime Minister, it is time to focus on a New Belize, where ‘learning and job opportunities vitalize the abundant skills of our young people; where families feel safe in their neighborhoods and homes; where rural dwellers have ready access to classrooms, clinics and industry; where our entrepreneurs and employers pay fewer, fairer taxes and where the innovations of governance serve all our citizens and the national interest.”
He described the UDP’s team of 31 candidates as “the best ever.” While expressing confidence in re-election he reminded, “You the citizen, the voter, hold the most important power in our democracy, and exercise supreme authority and judgment at election time. … ultimately it is a matter for you. My Party and I therefore pledge both our commitment to a peaceful election, and our absolute respect for whatever outcome you determine. The best is yet to come…”
The UDP held 19 seats at dissolution of the House of Representatives, with 16 needed to form a government.
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