Belize. According to countryaah, the United Democratic Party (UDP) government won a landslide victory in the municipal elections in the country’s largest city Belize on March 4, taking 64 out of 67 seats. The main opposition party People’s United Party (PUP) took the remaining seats. The PUP has dominated Belizean politics for the past 10 years but has been accused of corruption and gross mismanagement of the country’s economy.
At the end of August, the country’s largest telecom company Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL), formerly owned by a British MP and multi-billionaire, was nationalized. Prime Minister Dean Barrow portrayed the measure as a nationalist offensive against the exploitation of a poor country by private individuals whose overall wealth is comparable to Belize’s entire GDP.