fbpx
Warehouse in Belize City raided following reports of fake “Belize Market” labels on imported liquor
March 26, 2024
Ministry of Sustainable Development Trains Police Special Constables
March 26, 2024

Senate debates Budget; Opposition reportedly locked out by Acting Governor-General

Posted: Tuesday, March 26, 2024. 11:51 am CST.

By Aaron Humes: The debate of the General Revenue and Appropriation Bill 2024-25, 2024, has begun in the Senate after it passed the House of Representatives on Friday evening.

However, following a shuffle of representatives of the United Democratic Party (UDP) in the Senate, no one is on the Opposition benches.

Writing on its official social media page, the party claims they were “stopped” from entering the debate by Cabinet Secretary and Acting Governor General Stuart Leslie.

With Dame Froyla Tzalam away, Leader of the Opposition Moses “Shyne” Barrow wrote last week recommending Punta Gorda mayoral candidate Franklin Polonio to temporarily replace Michael Peyrefitte who is also absent, and Shary Medina to sit in for Beverly Williams who is tending to a sick child. (Mark O’Brien has been tapped to permanently fill Williams’ seat).

Leslie apparently declined to appoint either and Antonio Herrera, the sole available incumbent Senator, left the Chamber in solidarity.

The UDP railed that Leslie’s action “…is the greatest attack on democracy in the country’s history since secession charges of pre-independence leaders. It shows the ruthless and authoritative nature of this administration for which an overwhelming majority is still not enough. They are willing to trample on the very constitution to silent dissent. This cannot be tolerated!”

The woes of the Opposition continue after a rift that no one apparently wants to talk about erupted within the party in the wake of the March 6 election results. Incumbent area representatives Tracy Taegar-Panton and Hugo Patt were absent from the House due to sick leave and bereavement respectively and only Patrick Faber joined Barrow for the debate, which was nearly wound up early on Friday.

Then, separate meetings of party officials took place in Belize City on Saturday – an official National Party Council meeting at party headquarters and a meeting featuring Faber, Williams, John Saldivar and others at the Biltmore Plaza. The latter steadfastly declined public comment while the former insisted that they were not aware of any separate meeting.

 

Advertise with the mоѕt vіѕіtеd nеwѕ ѕіtе іn Belize ~ We offer fully customizable and flexible digital marketing packages. Your content is delivered instantly to thousands of users in Belize and abroad! Contact us at mаrkеtіng@brеаkіngbеlіzеnеwѕ.соm or call us at 501-612-0315.

 

© 2024, BreakingBelizeNews.com. Content is copyrighted and requires written permission for reprinting in online or print media. Theft of content without permission/payment is punishable by law.

Comments

  • Galen University
  • Belmopan Aggregates
  • larry waight
  • Belmopan Aggregates
  • cahal pech village resort
  • Galen University
  • Belmopan Aggregates
  • Belmopan Aggregates