Belizeans vote for change

Chairman of CARICOM, Hon. John Briceno, Prime Minister of Belize

The people of Belize voted the main opposition People’s United Party (PUP) into office in General Elections held on Wednesday 11 November 2020.

Preliminary results gave the PUP, led by former Opposition Leader Mr John Briceno, 26 of the 31 seats in Parliament, almost double the 14 seats won in the last elections in 2015.  The outgoing United Democratic Party (UDP) held on to just five seats, down from the 17 won in 2015. The party was led for the first time by former Education Minister Mr Patrick Faber who took over the party’s leadership this year from retiring outgoing Prime Minister Mr Dean Barrow. Mr. Barrow had led the UDP to three consecutive election victories.

A six-member CARICOM Election Observation Mission, headed by Ms Jeannette Charles of Antigua and Barbuda, monitored Wednesday’s General Elections and will submit a Preliminary Report to CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque in the coming days. The Report will also be shared with the Government of Belize, the Leader of the Opposition and the Belize Election and Boundaries Commission.

Head of the CARICOM Election Observation Mission Ms Jeannette Charles (centre) accompanied by Mr Egaton Brian of Barbados, (right), and Ms Valique Gomes of the CARICOM Secretariat

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