Campaigning kicks off for Belize snap election in November

Campaigning kicks off for Belize snap election in November

BELIZE CITY (Reuters) – Official campaigning began on Friday for Belize’s general election, with Prime Minister Dean Barrow going to the polls ahead of schedule amid signs the opposition is regrouping and Venezuela’s oil largesse could start to wane.

Across the country, potential candidates gathered to register their candidacy for the Nov. 4 election, when voters will pick representatives for Belize’s 31-seat parliament.

A small English-speaking country on the Caribbean coast of Central America, Belize was not due to vote until February 2017. But Barrow, of the United Democratic Party (UDP), opted to call snap elections on Sept. 28 in search of a record third term.

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