Government & Politics

Opposition Leader Criticizes State of Emergency Following Recent Murder

The Leader of the Opposition Moses “Shyne” Barrow says the current State of Emergency (SOE)
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Opposition Leader Reflects on Municipal Election Loss, Pledges Party Unity

Leader of the Opposition Moses Shyne Barrow says that he is not discouraged by the
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Albert Vaughan Assumes Role of City Administrator at Belize City

Former City Councilor, Albert Vaughan, assumed the post of City Administrator today at the Belize
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PUC Holds Hearing on Belize Electricity Limited Tariff Proposal

The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) held is public hearing last week as part of the
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Caribbean Telecommunication Union Hosts Meetings in Belize

Representatives from all over the Caribbean were in Belize last week for the Caribbean Telecommunication
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Jamie-Lee Usher Denies Interest in Belize City Administrator Seat Amid

An article published on Hot off the Press earlier today has named Jamie-Lee Usher as
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Belize City Council and Christian Workers Union Stalled in Collective

Despite months of negotiations, the Belize City Council and the Christian Workers Union are yet
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Anthony Boots Martinez’s Recall Petition Falls Short by 96 Signatures

96 signatures – that is the amount that Anthony Boots Martinez would have needed to
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UDP Supports PEACE Movement’s push for redistricting

The next General Elections should be held sometime next year; however, the issue of redistricting
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Bejerano Family Challenges Ministry’s Eviction Order in Toledo District

The Bejerano family in the Toledo District continues to fight against what they say is
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Record-Breaking Tourism Numbers Prompt Upgrades at PGIA

Tourism in Belize closed out the month of March with a record-breaking number of visitors.
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Belize Launches Laboratory Information Management System to Enhance Forensic Capabilities

The Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) was officially launched this morning, spearheaded by the Ministry
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Belize Tourism Board Collaborates with Belmopan City Council to Enhance

The Belize Tourism Board is working with the Belmopan City Council to improve the capital
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UDP Chairman Peyrefitte Open to Stepping Aside If the Party

Over the past few years, the United Democratic Party (UDP) has seen losses in the
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UDP Chairman Peyrefitte Acknowledges Party’s Challenges, Defends Against PUP Comparison

Expanding on the difficulties of opposition politics, Chairman Peyrefitte said that the People’s United Party
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Cabinet Reshuffle Raises Questions About Oversight as Backbenchers Assume Ministerial

On April 3, the Government of Belize announced a reshuffling of Cabinet portfolios which included
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Opposition Alarmed by Minister’s Alleged Political Interference in Corozal Elections

Minister of State, Elvia Vega-Samos is being looked at by the opposition as pulling political
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UDP Chairman Condemns Killing of Coast Guard Member, Calls Attention

UDP Chairman Michael Peyrefitte has condemned the killing of Seaman Apprentice, Charles James.  Peyrefitte was
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Belize Hosts Annual HOME Event, Welcoming Heads of Mission

The Heads of Mission from around the world are home in Belize for the annual
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Minister Perez Returns to Cabinet Amidst Controversy, Colleague Voices Support

Amidst the reshuffling of Cabinet portfolios, last week was the announcement that Minister Andre Perez
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Belize City Council Faces Quandary in Selecting New City Administrator

Three persons were interviewed today at City Hall as the council seeks to hire a
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New Pre-Primary School Construction Begins in Gales Point Manatee

Ground was broken this morning in Gales Point Manatee for a new pre-primary school in
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Belmopan Mayor Addresses Controversy Surrounding Finance Director’s Hiring

Belmopan Mayor, Pablo Cawich has commented on the hiring of Flavio Tzalam as the Finance
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Government Expects Resolution in Belize/Guatemala Differendum Within Two Years

The Government is anticipating that the Belize/Guatemala differendum should be resolved in about two years. 
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Decrease in Migrants Seeking Illegal Employment in Belize

Belize is seeing a decrease in the number of migrants arriving in the country to
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US Senator’s Objection Casts Doubt on Meeting Regarding MCC Grant

The Government of Belize is gearing up to meet with Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) officials
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Government Plans State-of-the-Art Football Stadium in Bella Vista Village, Toledo

Plans are in motion for the government to construct a state-of-the-art football stadium in Bella
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Concerns Raised Over Negative Indicators in Toledo District Post-Census

While Martinez is working to improve the South’s sporting sector, he is concerned after the
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PSU President Urges Belize Defence Force to Defend Salary Packages

President of the Public Service Union (PSU), Dean Flowers, has called on the Belize Defence
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Minister of Education Welcomes New BNTU President, Nadia Caliz-Martin

Minister of Education, Francis Fonseca, has welcomed the recent election of a new president for
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120 House Lots Allocated in Rural Stann Creek

120 house lots were distributed in rural Stann Creek yesterday.  Each lot measures ten thousand
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New Ministers of State Sworn In: Belmopan Welcomes Three Appointees

The three newly appointed Ministers of State were officially sworn in yesterday in the City
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First-Time Mayor Dives In: Belmopan’s Pablo Cawich’s First Month Report

Recently elected, first-time Mayor for Belmopan, Pablo Cawich is one of the nine municipal leaders
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Belize Advances Science Agenda: Stakeholders Discuss National Strategy

The Government of Belize continues its push to advance science and technology with a stakeholder
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Belmopan Initiates ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’ Project: Mayor Cawich’s Environmental Agenda

Belmopan’s Mayor, Pablo Cawich met recently with representatives from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). 
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Council Clash: San Ignacio/Santa Elena Councillor Sandra Tosh Lanza Calls

The circumstances surrounding an upset within the San Ignacio/Santa Elena Town Council are still being
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UDP Demands Recount in Punta Gorda Municipal Elections Amid Allegations

The United Democratic Party (UDP) is demanding a recount of the ballots cast in the
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Former Public Servant Charles Bartlett Hyde Laid to Rest at

Charles Bartlett Hyde has transitioned at age 100.  The former career public servant was laid
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Belize City Council Members Conduct Inaugural Site Tours for Insightful

Today, the newly sworn-in 2024-2027 Belize City Council Members embarked on site tours.  The tour
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Cabinet Reshuffle: Changes and New Faces in Briceno Administration

Several Cabinet portfolios were shuffled earlier today within the Briceno Administration.  The move saw Andre
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Andre Perez Returns to Cabinet Amid Unresolved Allegations

With the changes now in effect, the matter of Andre Perez and his re-inclusion into
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SI 39 of 2024: PUC’s Efforts Towards Electricity Market Competition

Statutory Instrument Number 39 of 2024 was approved on March 4, 2024.  It is a
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Belize Joins ‘Caribbean Moves’ Initiative to Combat Non-Communicable Diseases

Belize is joining member states of CARICOM in what is referred to as, ‘Caribbean Moves’. 
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National Gender Policy 2024-2030 Promises Inclusivity

The revised National Gender Policy 2024-2030 promises to be all-inclusive, according to President of the
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Belize Mourns Passing of Prominent Ambassador, David Allan Kirkwood Gibson

David Gibson, a native of Belmopan, was a prominent figure back in the 1990s when
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Belize Amnesty Applications Under Review, Thousands Await Decision

The Ministry of Immigration has announced that the revision of amnesty applications are still under
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Government Emphasizes Education Investments and Mandatory School Age Expansion

Belize has gotten the approval of forty million US dollars to invest in skills-for-the-future training
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Government Takes Action Against Illegal Roads from Guatemala

Minister of Sustainable Development Orlando Habet says that the government is working to devise solutions
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PM Briceno Hosts #PlanBelize Forum with Newly Elected Mayors

Prime Minister John Briceno has taken off the Easter Break, but not before bringing all
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Senate Inquiry Postponed Amid Accusations of Bias and Flawed Invitations

Today was to be the next sitting of the Special Senate Inquiry.  The event, however,
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Belize Awaits ICJ Date for Territorial Dispute with Guatemala

Belize is currently awaiting a date to be set by the International Court of Justice
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Belize Explores Collaboration with Mexico’s Tren Maya Railway Project

A delegation including Ambassadors Jaime Briceño and Haisam Diab, along with Belize’s Ambassador to Mexico,
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Historic Achievement: Belize Ratifies UN Ocean Biodiversity Agreement

Belize has made history by being the first Caribbean nation to officially ratify the groundbreaking
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State of Emergency Declared as Gang Violence Erupts: Dozens Arrested

Tonight, dozens of well-known and suspected gang members are behind bars, and many more are
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Opposition Senator Leaves Senate Debate After Only Thirteen Minutes

While political freedoms are not practiced in many countries across the world, Belize enjoys the
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Legislature Approves Draft Revenue and Expenditure Estimates

Tonight we can tell you that the proposed Draft Revenue and Expenditure Estimates has been
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Senator Herrera Critiques Budget Draft, Questions Allocation Ratios

Senator Herrera utilized the full-time allotted to each member. In the last leg of his
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Political Drama Escalates: Yellowman Alleges Hit Order from Party Leader

The Brian ‘Yellowman’ Audinett saga has stirred quite the reaction in the entertainment sector as
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Opposition Leader Faces Rebellion within United Democratic Party Ranks

The Opposition Leader Moses Shyne Barrow held a National Party Council Meeting on Saturday to
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UDP Leadership Shake-Up: Senator Replaced Amidst Party Discontent

Following this weekend’s NPC meeting, the LOO moved to replace the party’s Belize Rural Central
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Indigenous Groups Denounce Government’s New Director of Indigenous People’s Affairs

The Maya Leader Alliance (MLA) and the Toledo Alcalde’s Association (TLA) are denouncing the appointment
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First-Time Landowners Visit Properties in Dangriga Town Distribution

Dozens of first-time landowners from the Culture Capital, Dangriga Town, were able to visit their
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Weak Opposition Presence Nearly Ends Budget Debate Early

The final day of this year’s Budget Debate ended just before news time, but the
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Heated Exchange Budget Debate as Hon.Patrick Faber Calls Former PM

As is the norm, things got heated today in the House of Representatives after Collett’s
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Opposition Criticizes Government’s Health Insurance Scheme Expansion

Collet’s Area Representative Patrick Faber also rose to criticize the government’s expansion of the National
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Tourism Sector Expects Significant Growth in 2024, Minister Reports

The Ministry of Tourism is expecting a major jump in tourism numbers for 2024, which
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Pickstock Representative Counters Opposition’s Claims on Economic Reports

During his presentation, Pickstock Area representative Anthony Mahler also rebutted the LOO’s claim that the
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Opposition Calls for Transparency in Public Contract Tendering Amid NHI

Leader of Opposition Moses “Shyne” Barrow says he’s calling on the Minister of Public Service,
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Fort George Representative Defends Government’s Integrity Amid Opposition’s Accusations

And today the Area Representative for Fort George Henry Charles Usher responded to the LOO’s
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Opposition Leader Agrees with Sugar Cane Farmers’ Call for Inquiry

Leader of the Opposition Moses Shyne Barrow says he agrees with the Belize Sugar Cane
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United Democratic Party to Analyze Municipal Election Losses

Members of the United Democratic Party will be gathering tomorrow to dissect the massive loss
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Central American Bank Representatives Collaborate with Belize on Health Sector

Representatives of the Central American Bank of Economic Integration (CABEI) are in Belize to work
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Foreign Affairs Minister Addresses Past and Future Diplomatic Works

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Francis Fonseca took an estimated hour and a
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Social Media Exaggeration ? Only One Immigration Officer Detained, Another

The story of six immigration officers detained by Police seemed to have been an exaggeration
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Belize City Council Assigns Portfolios to Council Members

The Belize City Council has announced the portfolio appointments for its council members. The council
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BSCFA Continues Pressure on PM

The Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association continues to call on Prime Minister Briceno to force
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Day Two of Budget Debate Concludes in Belmopan

Day two of the budget debate ended just before five o’clock this evening in Belmopan. 
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Julius Espat Highlights Nationwide Works in Extended Budget Debate Address

Cayo South’s Julius Espat took an estimated 85 minutes for his address where he spoke
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Opposition Demands Transparency: Calls for Key Players in National Health

Additionally, in yesterday’s presentation by the Leader of the Opposition, he called on the Briceno
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Ministry to Collaborate with Mental Health Unit to tackle suicide

In an exclusive interview with the Minister of Human Development and Families, Dolores Balderamos Garcia,
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BSI/ASR Denounces Belize Government’s Sugar Inquiry, Threatens Legal Action

Less than twenty-four hours after the government approved the Terms of Reference for its Sugar
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Prime Minister Caught in Crossfire as BSI/ASR Rejects Sugar Inquiry

And with BSI/ASR’s denouncement of the Commission of Inquiry (COI), it seems Prime Minister John
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National Assembly Kicks Off Budget Debate with Lengthy Presentations

In years past, we have seen heated debates around this time when the new budget
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Retired Public Officers Protest in Belmopan Amid Budget Debate

This morning, while parliamentarians debated the budget, members of the Association of Beneficiaries and Retired
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Belize Cabinet Approves National Gender Policy 2021-2030

Member of the House of Representatives, Dolores Balderamos-Garcia has announced the approval by Cabinet for
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Opposition Leader Criticizes Government’s Crime Strategy in Budget Debate

And going back to today’s debate, there were many areas that the area representatives touched
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Deputy Prime Minister Expresses Gratitude Amid to Supporters

And while Opposition Leader Moses “Shyne” Barrow was on the attack, the Deputy Prime Minister
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BSCFA upset over PM Briceno’s comments

The Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association (BSCFA) is once again unhappy with the government; this
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Opposition Leader Slams Government’s Budget as Betrayal: Says GOB’s budget

Ahead of tomorrow’s budget debate for the 2023/2024 fiscal year, the Leader of the Opposition,
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Minister of Human Development and Families, Dolores Balderamos-Garcia speaks on

Minister of Human Development and Families, Dolores Balderamos-Garcia, says it is sad to witness extreme
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Belize Disabilities Bill 2024 Nears Introduction to House of Representatives

The Ministry of Human Development has concluded its consultations on the Belize Disabilities Bill 2024
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GLOBE Program Hosts Science Education Training in Belize

Representatives of the Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program are in
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CWU and GOB strike an agreement

After threats of industrial action, multiple meetings, and weeks of negotiating, the Christian Workers Union
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Minister of State Alleges Assault from a member of her

Minister of State for Human Development, Elvia Vega-Samos is alleging that she is in fear
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B.T.L. Begins CEO Search

B.T.L. is in the market for a new chief Executive Officer. The company recently added
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Belize City Council Administrator Laid to Rest: Tributes Pour in

Belize City Council’s City Administrator, Stephanie Lindo-Garbutt was laid to rest this morning.  We join
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Belmopan City Council Focuses on Citizen Security: Mayor Cawich Reveals

Following the swearing-in on March 12, the Belmopan City Council hit the ground running, with
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