Posted: Monday, September 28, 2020. 9:56 am CST.
By Aaron Humes: The United Democratic Party marked its 47th anniversary over the weekend.
It was formed on September 27, 1973, from a merger of three Opposition parties and remnants of a fourth.
The party said in a statement on its official Facebook page: “From its genesis 47 years ago, the United Democratic Party has been about broad-based people participation and equal opportunity for the masses. In fact, the party saw its birth and formation through the amalgamation of various opposition elements constituting a large segment of the Belizean population systematically neglected and locked-out of the political process which featured a virtual one-party rule.”
While it failed to form government in its first two appearances on the ballot in 1974 and 1979, it won office by a landslide in the first post-independence election in 1984 and subsequently in 1993 and since 2008.
The party takes credit for “equitable distribution of public resources and opportunities, underpinned by sound fiscal policies that ensure economic stability, sustainable growth, and massive development of physical and social infrastructure.”
It adds, “Internationally, the UDP is respected as the party that operates a responsible and fiscally sound administration; at home, it is appreciated as the government that defends the national interest, champions the cause of the masses and brings compassion to the most disadvantaged in the community.
That last will be tested in forthcoming general elections as the leader and Prime Minister Dean Barrow ends an illustrious run, succeeded by former deputy Patrick Faber.
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