Posted: Monday, November 8, 2021. 10:15 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: Some have whispered it, but ex-Belmopan area representative John Saldivar has called out Prime Minister John Briceño for ceding some of his power as Prime Minister.
According to Saldivar, the Prime Minister, as the title suggests, is most powerful of equals – “the person that can most influence change, that can impact the most lives, positively or negatively, move the country forward, take it backward or just makes us all stand still. The country goes where the Prime Minister takes it and only as far as the Prime Minister can take it.”
Saldivar observes that his former boss, Dean Barrow, was indisputably in charge, and unabashed in displaying his ability and capability, beyond mesmerizing oratory.
His successor, a year into his reign and four years into his second stint as Leader of the People’s United Party, appears to be the opposite, Saldivar claims: a man lacking ability and talent, “hapless and hopeless…comfortable being his dull self and bragging about being simple.”
Quite an indictment, but if Briceño is not charge, then who is? The likely answer, Saldivar says, is the powerful senatorial duo of Eamon Courtenay, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Christopher Coye, Minister of State for Finance, whose “brain thrust of self-styled finance guru” Saldivar says Briceno is relying heavily on. Partners in law and now in Government, Saldivar accuses both Courtenay and Coye of not having “compassion or empathy for people. Both are of lofty, elitist origins and very glossy.” Further, he goes on to wonder if the Courtenay-Coye duo are more than advisors to Briceño, to the discount of others with business acumen.
It remains to be seen, but after the successes of the retired Superbond and new advancements in Foreign Affairs, results are what all three will be judged by.
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