The leader of the Opposition, John Briceno says that 2017 was not a good year for Belize. At the end of every year, the leader of the country and the Leader of the Opposition release their New Year’s Day Addresses. In this case, Prime Minister Dean Barrow highlighted the accomplishments of his government while the Leader of the Opposition, John Briceno criticized the government for its shortcomings in 2017. In his, eight-minute long address Briceno points out that the economy grew by only point five percent and suffered major financial blows after the government was ordered to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in Ashcroft related legal battles.
John Briceno – Leader of the Opposition
“I have been in politics long enough to know when people are dissatisfied with their government. Today Belizeans are very dissatisfied with their government and you have every reason to be. The UDP came with Puerto Azul, a corrupt Ponzi scheme. Now they come up with an international airport in north Ambergris Caye promoted by conmen who are hoping to dead raise $100 million US dollars. The Vegas are still living large and Penner and the Castros are laughing at us. The UDP continue to give away land to their cronies, they continue with their immigration hustle and they continue funneling millions to UDP attorneys who continue to lose cases like the CCJ. This is not our Belize. The UDP has failed. We in the PUP believe we can offer better leadership. We have the experience and talent to perform better, unlike the UDP who prefer to spend almost $40 million on a city center in Belize City we believe in spending millions on education, health, and housing. We believe in putting people first.”
Briceno also promised that the PUP will keep fighting corruption in Belize.