(CMR) Prime Minister of Belize Dean Barrow has announced that he is leaving active politics, noting that the country will hold national elections on November 11.
69-year-old Barrow is the country's first black Prime Minister and has been serving in this capacity for 12 years.
In an advisory to Governor General Sir Colville Norbert Young on Tuesday (October 6) Barrow requested that the National Assembly be dissolved.
“During the period between the dissolution of the National Assembly and the appointment of a Prime Minister after a general election, the government of Belize shall continue to be administered by the Prime Minister and the other Ministers and Ministers of State of the Government,” said Borrow.
Barrow further advised that nomination day will be on October 21 and elections will be held on November 11, 2020.
Despite Barrow's sister, Denise “Sister B” Barrow, rumoured to succeed him, Education Minister Patrick Faber is to be named as the new head of the United Democratic Party.
Barrow was at the helm of the UDP since 1998.
Belize is just one of several Caribbean countries that have held general elections this year, with the country vowing to keep health as a top priority, introducing new protocols as citizens head to the polls.
To date thirty Belizeans have died from COVID-19 and 2, 204 are infected.