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Posted: Wednesday, April 3, 2019. 6:24 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: Prime Minister Dean Barrow held a press conference this evening following the landmark ruling by the Chief Justice granting an injunction effectively postponing the long-anticipated referendum on taking the standing Guatemalan territorial claim to the International Court of Justice, which was scheduled to be held next week. Barrow said he was extremely disappointed with the decision but said it would not be the end of it.

“We may have lost a battle; we will absolutely win the war,” Barrow told the press. Barrow noted all the preparation that has gone into preparing for the referendum and said “…if this judgement were to mean the end of the road, I would be absolutely furious that the people would have been deprived of the right to make a decision.”

According to Barrow, GOB would be mounting an appeal as indicated by the government’s attorney, Lisa Shoman. Barrow said he would be meeting with Shoman and the Attorney General to chart the way forward and file an application, which could see the referendum still being held. Barrow also said given the urgency of the matter, he was hopeful the substantive matter could be heard on Monday and a decision delivered by next Tuesday, upholding the referendum on Wednesday.

He said GOB would file its appeal first thing tomorrow morning and believes it is open to the court to hear their application on an urgent basis. Barrow said he is hopeful of receiving a ruling that would allow the referendum to proceed next Wednesday and said any postponement is expected to be only a “short-term” postponement.


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