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Thread: GENERAL ELECTIONS 2008 RESULTS - UDP FORMS NEXT BZE GOV'T

  1. #151
    mercury Guest
    Originally posted by bushman
    our pup guy lost every box, but the closest box was the one we worked which was the winners home. i eat crow this morning and gave grats to "clear the land" and a hand of unity for continueing progress in our community, so is life and i am sure we will get the old northern highway fixed which was my objective from the start.

    CONGRATS TO UDP on a well desrved victory
    That was big of you!

  2. #152
    Citygirl Guest

    Belize elects first black leader, ousts incumbent

    Catherine Bremer , Reuters
    Published: Friday, February 08, 2008

    BELIZE CITY (Reuters) - Belize elected Dean Barrow as its first black prime minister, final results showed on Friday, as the small Central American nation ended a decade of one-party rule marked by graft scandals and economic problems.

    Barrow, a former foreign minister, won a sweeping victory in Thursday's general election, Belize's chief election officer, Ruth Meighan, told Reuters.

    Barrow's United Democratic Party, or UDP, took 25 of 31 constituencies against six for Prime Minister Said Musa, whose popularity slumped in recent years.

    It was only the third defeat in half a century for Musa's People's United Party, or PUP, which has dominated politics since the former British colony of 300,000 people elected its first legislative assembly in 1954.

    Belize, known for its laid-back Caribbean vibe, gained full independence from Britain in 1981.

    Barrow's win also makes Musa, a white-haired former lawyer of Palestinian descent, the latest in a string of leaders ousted in Caribbean countries over the past year.

    "This clearly is a people's victory. It's the people's judgment on the PUP. They're giving us a huge vote of confidence," Barrow, 56, told local radio on Friday as the count showed him far in the lead.

    Barrow ran on a platform of ridding Belize, wedged between Mexico and Guatemala, of the embezzlement scandals and financial mismanagement that hurt Musa's last years in office.

    "It's a great feeling. I'm extremely grateful and humbled," Barrow said, as his supporters drove through Belize City, hanging out of cars, honking their horns, waving UDP flags and thumping on car roofs.

    In a diverse country of indigenous Maya, Mestizos and African-descended Creoles and Garifuna, many on the street were rejoicing at a Creole winning power. Belize's past leaders were born in Belize but of European descent.

    FISCAL PRUDENCE

    Investors in Belize's roughly $1 billion in public debt expected Barrow to maintain fiscal stability after a late-2006 debt restructuring stabilized the country's debt ratings.

    "I'm fairly confident that he understands the importance of fiscal responsibility and transparency, and that's the key issue," said Bear Stearns analyst Carl Ross in New York.

    "The other issue is getting the economy going, which means getting investment going in the tourism sector."

    Barrow says he plans to get more Belizeans investing in the tourism industry which, despite the country's lush jungles and sparkling coral reefs, lags neighbors Costa Rica and Mexico.

    Tall and easy-going with a shaven head and a rapper son, Barrow appealed to young Belizeans voting for the first time.

    Musa, 63, did not comment on the election result.

    Many older Belizeans are strongly attached to Musa's party for its role in ending British rule and because local party officials help poor families with school fees and free household appliances. But anger over tax hikes and alleged graft scandals erupted in anti-government riots in 2005. (Editing by John O'Callaghan)

  3. #153
    mahogany sister Guest
    that was well written!

  4. #154
    rockview Guest

    critical

    What is critical to note, is that there was a smoothe transition of power. Musa bowed out humbly and Barrow accepted Prime Ministership gracefully. This is unheard of in places like Kenya and the Middle East. Therefore; let us thank the British for leaving us a superiour Democratic Model. Let us thank the British Commonwealth for continuing to give us the strenght of a Democratic Nation by sending down teams of election observers. Let us thank her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Second, for doing all of this for Belize.

  5. #155
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    Re: critical

    Originally posted by rockview
    What is critical to note, is that there was a smoothe transition of power. Musa bowed out humbly and Barrow accepted Prime Ministership gracefully. This is unheard of in places like Kenya and the Middle East. Therefore; let us thank the British for leaving us a superiour Democratic Model. Let us thank the British Commonwealth for continuing to give us the strenght of a Democratic Nation by sending down teams of election observers. Let us thank her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Second, for doing all of this for Belize.
    And thank the US for garunteeing Belize's freedom!

  6. #156
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    Mercury you did an AWESOME job keeping us informed on the election results and what's going on in Belize. Thank you!!!!!!!!

    Congratulations to the people of Belize for their hard won fight. Now all eyes will be on the new government and hopefully they live up to their promises and pledges.
    Success is Journey... not a Destination

  7. #157
    mercury Guest
    Originally posted by bzegirl
    Mercury you did an AWESOME job keeping us informed on the election results and what's going on in Belize. Thank you!!!!!!!!
    Thanks, was no big deal

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    Mercury, great job mein....awesome....thank you for all you time....
    Love is a many splendid thing and food run a close second.

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    Originally posted by Dream Babes
    We are on the same train..... ...I've been up since 4:30 am Thursday Morning, dreamt about my dead granny.....worked my a$$ off from 5:30 - 7pm Thusday, bathe and waited for the results until 2am, parade around Belmopan and the Western Highway to Unitedville, got home 5am, watch the rest of the elections result, got called out again at 8am and I've been up ever since.... I opted not to attend the tonight's victory rally in Belize City and rest, BUT rass, its 11:10pm and I'm still up on vodka and cranberry !
    Funny I dreamt about my dead granny last night too. She was happy talking about she's going to Belize, I just realized maybe she's happy about the elections!
    Don't start none, won't be none!

  10. #160
    belizisimo Guest
    eyy, i nearly forgot.
    what happened to the elected senate referendum? i don't see it on the elections results. Merc do you know?

  11. #161
    mercury Guest
    Originally posted by belizisimo
    eyy, i nearly forgot.
    what happened to the elected senate referendum? i don't see it on the elections results. Merc do you know?
    Haven't heard one rass abt that. Elections & Boundaries Dept noh even mention it pan their website, nor mek no kind announcement abt it.

    All I know is that Albert, Stann Creek West, and Toledo West voted 'yes' each by a landslide... as to the rest? Them mussi vote fi M&M's next new color instead

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