Posted: Thursday, February 9, 2017. 8:57 a.m. CST.
By BBN Staff: The United Democratic Party (UDP) issued a press release yesterday afternoon condemning the recent action taken by PUP Senator Eamon Courtenay.
The release states, “We believe that his action is an outright betrayal of Belize’s national interests and comes in extreme conflict with the Senatorial seat he holds. We therefore call for his immediate removal from the Senate.”
The party says that on February 3, 2017, PUP Senator Eamon Courtenay filed a constitutional challenge on behalf of the Aschcroft group asking the Court to strike down the two emergency national interest legislation that he had just convincingly supported in the Senate four days prior.
The Central Bank of Belize (International Immunities) Act and the Crown Proceedings (Amendment) Act were introduced for passage in the House of Representative to safeguard the assets of the Central Bank from international predators.
If the Ashcroft group were to succeed in getting a US Court order against the country’s reserves, all the assets of the Central Bank would be frozen until the matter is finalized and the amount quantified. During that period, the Central Bank and the country would not be able to pay for supplies or conduct foreign transactions.
Thus, it would cripple trade and business and bring the country’s economy to a standstill.
The UDP says that they believe that Courtenay knows well how his challenge, if successful, would tremendously hurt Belize’s economy with immediate effect.
The UDP also said that Senator Courtenay should not be allowed to enjoy the privileges of being a senator because of this latest “venomous” act.
The UDP press release ends by saying, “In the interest of our country, the UDP calls on the Leader of the Opposition to act swiftly to remove Senator Courtenay as a Senator”.
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