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Posted: Friday, March 27, 2020. 8:45 am CST.

The views expressed in this article are those of the writer and not necessarily those of Breaking Belize News.

By Delroy Cuthkelvin: We know it has NOT been easy for our two major political leaders to maintain the national unity in co-chairing our response to Covid-19 (Coronavirus). Realizing how absolutely necessary this national unity is, we want to acknowledge and express appreciation for the maturity of both gentlemen in maintaining this national unity and resisting the temptation to return to politics as usual.

Speaking at their Joint Press Conference yesterday, Prime Minister Right Honorable Dean Barrow remarked: “There are people on my side, I believe there are people on the Leader of the Opposition’s side who don’t particularly like the fact that we are working together. But this is a national crisis. I decided from the get go, from jump, that I would reach out to the Leader of the Opposition and invite him into a partnership; and that is the way in which I have continued to operate. And, I am happy to say he has responded in kind; he has reciprocated.”

“So, when I tell you about all the relief measures, these relief measures are a consequence of agreement between us, and agreement also on the part of the members of the oversight committee. But it is critical that we continue to operate in this absolutely, NOT bi-partisan, but non-partisan (manner). This is a work, a task for all of us. And so, the approach which sees the main political parties partner with the social partners, is absolutely the way to go. There is just no other script from which we can read; no other template from which we can operate,” Right Honorable Dean Barrow explained.

For his part, Honorable John Briceno declared: “I am going to do my best to be able to work as much as we can. And the Prime Minister and I, both of us are under pressure from within our political parties; and I am under more pressure than him. He is the Prime Minister; so, I am just the Leader of the Opposition…But it is very important, and I appeal to my colleagues to help me for us to be able to work (together) as much as we can…That’s the only way we are going to keep it together, ladies and gentlemen; by us working together. We are in this together…So I want to assure the Prime Minister and this Nation, I will do my best; and I’m going to continue push the Prime Minister (to do) as much as we possibly can.”

Maximum respect to both leaders; and may God continue to bless Belize.

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