The Hon. Dean Oliver Barrow was sworn in as the Prime Minister of Belize by the Governor-General His Excellency Sir Colville Young for the third consecutive time on Thursday, November 5, 2015.
The brief ceremony was held at the Belize House in Belmopan where the Prime Minister was accompanied by his wife, children, other relatives and supporters. This is Hon. Barrow’s third consecutive term in office and the third time serving as Prime Minister. The other elected representatives are expected to be appointed and sworn-in next week.
It was indeed a historic moment and win for Hon. Dean Barrow and the United Democratic Party (UDP) with 19 confirmed seat and a possible 20th still in dispute in Stann Creek which results are yet to be announced. Nevertheless, the UDP won the majority of 31 constituencies with 19 seats compared to the 11 seats won by the main opposition PUP.
The Prime Minister is now tasked with the reorganization of a Cabinet with no less than 12 Ministers; he is expected to appoint 12 ministries with two senators appointed as well. In a press conference with the Belize media PM Barrow recommits to working for the development of Belize.
Addressing supporters in Belize City, the 64-year-old Barrow described the win – the first ever third consecutive term – as a “magnificent victory”.
Leader of the People’s United Party Francis Fonseca congratulated Prime Minister Dean Barrow and the United Democratic Party and during his speech stated that he will not seek re-election and that it was only appropriate for him to resign as the Leader of the PUP. He stated that he will not step down immediately and will serve for the remaining years as Area Representative for Freetown.
Francis Fonseca Leader of the PUP says he will not seek re-election