Country Report Belize October 1996 Main report

Political structure.

Official name: Belize

Form of state: Representative democracy

Head of state: Queen Elizabeth II, represented by a governor-general

The executive: Prime minister, chosen from the majority party in the legislature, heads a cabinet of ministers responsible to the legislature

National legislature: Bicameral National Assembly; upper house, eight- member Senate, of whom five are appointed on the advice of the prime minister, two on the advice of the leader of the opposition and one by the governor-general; lower house, the House of Representatives, has 29 directly elected members with a five-year term

Legal system: UK-style judicial system; the final court of appeal is the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in the UK

National elections: June 30, 1993; next election due by June 1998

National government: A coalition of the UDP and NABR currently holds 16 of the 29 seats in the House of Representatives

Main political organisations: Government--United Democratic Party (UDP); National Alliance for Belizean Rights (NABR) Opposition--People's United Party (PUP)

Main members of cabinet Prime minister & minister of finance & economic development Manuel Esquivel Deputy prime minister & minister of foreign affairs & national security Dean Barrow Ministers Agriculture Russell Garcia Education & public service Elodio Aragon Health & sport Ruben Campos Home affairs, labour & local government Elito Urbina Housing, urban development & cooperatives Hubert Elrington Natural resources Eduardo Juan Public works Melvin Hulse Jr Science, technology & transport Joseph Cayetano Tourism & environment Henry Young Trade & industry Salvador Fernandez Youth development, human resources & women's affairs Philip Goldson Central Bank governor Keith Arnold

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