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PM introduces bill to amend referendum act

Posted: Friday, January 13, 2017. 3:22 pm CST.


By BBN Staff: At today’s Sitting of the House, Prime Minister Dean Barrow introduced a bill to amend the Referendum Act; as the referendum threshold currently stands at 60 percent of votes cast.

The amendment seeks to make the required threshold a simple majority of votes cast in the last election.

According to Leader of the Opposition, John Briceno, the move is an act of appeasement to Guatemala as it relates to the proposed referendum to have the Belize-Guatemala dispute settled at the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

Briceno said in the House meeting that he believes Belize should keep the threshold at 60 percent.


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