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Belmopan City Council – Appointment of Acting Mayor invalid as Sanie Cal is duly elected Deputy Mayor

Posted: Tuesday, November 28, 2023. 10:32 pm CST.

Press Release by Department of Local Government: The Department of Local Government wishes to inform the public that, contrary to a social media release by the Office of the Mayor of Belmopan regarding her nomination of Councillor Hope Amadi as the acting mayor, the mayor has no power to appoint an acting mayor. Based on Section 10(2) of the Belmopan City Council Act, Councillor Sanie Cal is the duly elected Deputy Mayor of the Council.

Consequently, Deputy Mayor Cal is to act accordingly during the mayor’s leave of absence from November 30 to December 6, 2023, further to the powers and duties conferred upon him as given under provisions of Section 10(5) of the Belmopan City Council Act.

Any purported appointment of any councillor outside of the provisions of the Belmopan City Council Act is null and void. Accordingly, the department has duly notified Mayor Sheran Palacio and acting City Administrator Dr. Ludwig Palacio.

The Department of Local Government anticipates that the administration and management of the Belmopan City Council shall be guided by the effective leadership and direction of Deputy Mayor Sanie Cal during this interim period.


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