Posted: Thursday, February 27, 2020. 2:06 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: People’s United Party (PUP) Leader, John Briceno, is preparing to make a Motion of “No-Confidence” in Prime Minister Dean Barrow and his government at the upcoming sitting of the House of Representatives, scheduled for Thursday, March 5.
Briceno filed the motion with the Clerk of the National Assembly yesterday, in accordance with Standing Orders 25, 26(2) and 31 of the House of Representatives.
He said that the motion of no confidence comes after contemplation of Section 37 (4) of the Constitution of Belize which reads, “The Governor-General shall remove the Prime Minister from office if a resolution of no confidence in the Government is passed by the House of Representatives and the Prime Minister does not within seven days either resign from his office or advise the Governor-General to dissolve the National Assembly.”
Briceno made his case for the submission with a number of points including the Supreme Court ruling that the Prime Minister engaged in the expenditure of monies from the Consolidated Revenue Fund without lawful authority, that those expenditures amounted to a breach of the Finance and Audit Reform Act of Belize; the ongoing scandal involving former United Democratic Party (UDP) Leader John Saldivar and accused international fraudster Lev Dermen, and the current decline in Belize’s economy.
With Briceno’s filing, all that is needed is for a member of the House to second the motion and it will form a part of the debate at the next House meeting.
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