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New proposed amendment to constitution could disqualify Leader of the Opposition Shyne Barrow from being a member of Parliament

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Posted: Tuesday, June 29, 2021. 2:55 pm CST.

By Benjamin Flowers: Mesopotamia Areas Representative Shyne Barrow has made history becoming a member of parliament despite a felony conviction in another country; however, a proposed amendment to the Constitution of Belize to be tabled in the House of Representatives this Friday could undo his historic feat.

Breaking Belize News has confirmed with a government source that ‘The Belize Constitution Amendment No. 11’ is geared towards disqualifying someone from being elected as a member of the House if that person has been convicted of a crime and spent time in prison, particularly in the Commonwealth, in which case it would likely not affect Barrow’s immediate standing in the House, however, could become an issue at some point. The details of the amendment will be tabled on Friday.

Barrow, who recently spearheaded an effort to have Patrick Faber removed as the Leader of Opposition, may now be counting on Faber to vote against the motion when it is tabled in the House to be able to keep his seat. Barrow being ousted by the amendment would then give way to a by-election in the Mesopotamia division, jeopardizing the already small presence (26-5) the Opposition has in the House.

BBN will be following this story.

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