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Belize: BARROW TO UNLEASH NEW REFERENDUM LAW FRIDAY-The new referendum law is designed to put an end to the Chief Justice’s interim injunction

Prime Minister Dean Barrow, who has been named as the first defendant in a constitutional claim before the Supreme Court, has resorted to his parliamentary lawmaking powers to avoid obeying an interim injunction issued by Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin that stops the government from proceeding with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) referendum until after the court concludes the hearing of the substantive claim.

The claimants in the case are members of the Opposition People’s United Party (PUP), five of whom are elected parliamentarians and one a standard bearer.

The ICJ referendum is a product of the protocol of the Special Agreement signed between Belize and the Republic of Guatemala, to submit Guatemala’s territorial, insular and maritime claim to the ICJ for a final and binding resolution.

At a Special Session of the House of Representatives tomorrow, Friday, April 12, PM Barrow intends to introduce a new referendum bill: “The Belize Territorial Dispute Referendum Bill, 2019.”

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