Belize 1998

Belize Capital

Yearbook 1998

Belize. According to Countryaah, the capital of Belize is Belmopan. Prime Minister Manuel Esquivel and his party United Democratic Party (UDP) lost the parliamentary elections on August 27. New government was formed instead by Said Musa, leader of the opposition party People’s United Party (PUP) with 26 out of 29 seats in parliament. The UDP is considered to have failed with its unemployment policy, and the party failed to win voter confidence despite tax exemptions for thousands of low-income earners and investment funds for infrastructure projects. For its part, Musa promised an economic activation program with job-creating measures, housing construction and the abolition of VAT.

  • Abbreviationfinder: What does BLZ stand for in geography? Here, this 3 letter acronym refers to the country of Belize.

Belize Capital

HISTORY

Having risen to the helm of the country in 1998, S. Musa, leader of the People’s United Party (PUP), in the early months of 2000 found himself having to face the unresolved question of territorial and maritime borders with neighboring Guatemala, which still claimed a turns its sovereignty over about half of Belize’s territory. However, the troubled achievement of a cooperation agreement between the two countries in February 2003 did not seem to guarantee a definitive solution to the dispute which was reopened in the following years on several occasions by Guatemala. Internally, the legislative elections of March 2003 marked a further victory for the PUP (which however dropped to 22 seats, compared to 26 in 1998) while the opposing party, the United Democratic Party (UDP), partially regained its electorate (from 3 to 7 seats). Musa thus returned to the leadership of the executive, characterized however by serious internal instability, and by repeated reshuffles and changes of government (in January 2004 and, in 2005, in action, December and July).