In Belize, Corruption and COVID-19 Imperil the Ruling Party’s Reelection Hopes

Belize’s prime minister, Dean Barrow, delivers a speech at a dinner banquet in honor of Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, Belmopan, Belize, Aug. 17, 2018 (flickr photo by the Office of the President of Taiwan).
Belize’s prime minister, Dean Barrow, delivers a speech at a dinner banquet in honor of Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, Belmopan, Belize, Aug. 17, 2018 (flickr photo by the Office of the President of Taiwan).
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At the beginning of 2020, Belize’s ruling center-right United Democratic Party was well-positioned for the general election in November. The economy, while not spectacular, was growing at a stable rate. Inflation was low, and the country’s external debt situation was under control. Prime Minister Dean Barrow had led the UDP to an unprecedented three consecutive election victories since 2008, and was generally popular among Belizeans. Barrow is term-limited by the constitution, but his favored candidate to succeed him, National Security Minister John Saldivar, was elected as leader of the UDP at a party convention in February. With 19 of the […]

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