Woods stands with Belize Print E-mail
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Thursday, 18 April 2019 00:00

On Monday, following the path the Rt. Hon. Said Musa took on Friday, Senator Valerie Woods chose to abstain from voting on the motion of the Belize Territorial Dispute Referendum Bill of 2019. She said that, in making her decision, she consulted with the oath that she took when she became a Senator three years ago.

Woods said because she swore to bear true faith and allegiance to Belize in discharging her duty as a Senator, her vote on such an overarching national issue could not be influenced by selfish reasons. She went on to say that it can’t be influenced by a notion of self-preservation because Belize’s interests should be paramount, for all of us. She added that it had to be finely balanced with respect to the party that appointed her, with the dictates of principle and her conscience, so she wass compelled to abstain on voting on the motion.

We suspect that Woods expects that there will be a fallout between herself and the PUP because her statement that followed next could be described as a preemptive strike. Woods said, and we quote her verbatim, “and if it should be my Swan Song, Mr. President, I am comforted that it should be on an issue of existential importance to this country. So, if my head will be rolled, let it roll on this most critical national issue. And let the chips fall where they may.”

At the end of the debate, which lasted about six hours, the motion was carried by a vote of eight in favor, four against and one abstention. After which it was signed by the president of the Senate, Lee Mark Chang and it now goes to the Governor General for his assent. Barring any legal challenges, we could perhaps go to referendum by mid-May.


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