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Shadow Cabinet meets; says Government “refuses to alleviate the pain” of rising cost of living

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Posted: Friday, January 26, 2024. 6:05 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: In a press release mocking the style of regular Cabinet Brief releases by the Government of Belize, the Opposition United Democratic Party (UDP) announced a meeting of its “Shadow Cabinet” chaired by the Leader of the Opposition (or as he termed himself, “Prime Minister in waiting”) Moses “Shyne” Barrow this week.

Top of the agenda is the complaint that the Government refuses “to alleviate the pain of Belizeans who are suffering from the highest cost of living ever.”

As proof the release lists various goods and the percentage price increase, they have suffered, headed by sugar which is listed as increasing by 114 percent. It is only acknowledged later on that the price increase was temporary and is only for plantation white sugar which was imported to cover shortages due to alleged contraband, and that regular controlled prices will resume with the stocking of Belizean-made sugar this week.

Nonetheless, the group claims the Government was incompetent and that sugar prices should not be permanently increased, and commits to “reducing the price of all commodities that have skyrocketed since the Briceno Admin[istration] [took office.]” It also states that it is awaiting the start of the Sugar Industry Commission of Inquiry and the assessment of port charges due in three months.


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