Foreign Affairs Minister Eamon Courtenay Confirms Departure; Succession Plan Unveiled

Foreign Affairs Minister Eamon Courtenay Confirms Departure; Succession Plan Unveiled

Our reports in last night’s news of Minister Eamon Courtenay’s departure was confirmed today by the Office of the Prime Minister, via a press release.  Courtenay who had served in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Immigration since November 2020 will be demitting office at the end of the year after completing a 3-year stint he had committed to upon taking office.  His work within the Briceno administration, however, will continue as he will remain the Senator for Government Business, and will have privileges within the Cabinet.  Additionally, he will retain overall responsibility for Belize’s two cases currently before the International Court of Justice.  Courtenay follows former Attorney General, Magali Marin-Young and former CEO, Kevin Arthurs, and will return to his private practice in law.  Marin-Young had demitted office at the end of June this year, while Arthurs had departed last month.  Courtenay has been one of the hardest ministers to interview as he would often times ignore our requests for interviews regarding issues in his ministry.  Love News understands that discussions between Courtenay and the Prime Minister had begun back in May, and was finalized recently.  As for succession, Minister Francis Fonseca will be taking on the portfolios of foreign affairs and foreign trade, while immigration will now fall under the Office of the Prime Minister.  According to the Prime Minister’s office, the contribution made to his administration is invaluable.  Briceno noted, “I am grateful for Eamon’s immense Ministerial contribution over the past three years,” says Prime Minister Briceño. “Belize’s diplomatic and foreign trade standing climbed to new heights as a result of Eamon’s leadership, while the Immigration Department has achieved major milestones including the e-passport and amnesty.” End of quote.

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