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Belmopan Mayor accuses Ministry of Local Government of using “patriarchal whip” to attract attention

Posted: Thursday, November 30, 2023. 9:29 am CST.

By Breaking Belize News Staff: On November 27, 2023, Mayor of Belmopan City Sheran ‘Sharon’ Palacio indicated that she will be attending the Local Climate Action Summit COP28 in Dubai.

Mayor Palacio said that during her absence, Councilor Hope Amadi will hold over as Acting Mayor.

However, quickly following the publishing of the release, a sitting councilor questioned the Mayor’s decision.

The Ministry of Local Government also intervened and said that based on Section 10(2) of the Belmopan City Council Act, Councillor Sanie Cal is the duly elected Deputy Mayor of the Council.

Palacio has since responded saying that “it is no secret the lengths my Council has gone to undermine my authority and thwart the running of the Belmopan City Council. Today makes no exception.”

Mayor Palacio also took to social media to call out the Minister of Local Government and his CEO accusing them of “using the patriarchal whip to attract attention.”

“I shall not be moved by these Cowards. Suffice to say that Shal is a racist and one incompetent CEO.   Poor King is the best “Choiceless Puppet”.  Do not allow me to share with my Belmopaneese and the entire world my numerous unanswered correspondences,” Palacio stated.

CEO in the Ministry Valentino Shal clarified during a media interview that due process was not followed since there is a process and according to the act the Deputy Mayor assumes the role of Mayor in the absence or leave of a Mayor.


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