DEAN OLIVER BARROW (born 2 March 1951) is a Belizean politician who
has been Prime Minister of
* 1 Legal career
* 2 Political career
* 2.1 Prime Minister
* 3 Family * 4 Education * 5 References
Barrow, a senior counsel, is one of Belize's successful attorneys and
has appeared in several high-profile cases. He began his legal work in
the law firm of uncle
Dean Lindo in 1973 and became a partner there in
1977. He would eventually leave to form his own law firm, Barrow and
Rodwell Williams ) until he vacated office prior to the
2008 general elections, although he remains titular senior partner.
Among his firm's more controversial clients is Lord Ashcroft and the
businesses he is connected with, particularly the
In December 1983 Barrow entered electoral politics as a candidate for Belize City Council elections, which he won as part of a nine-man slate. Before that year's redistricting, in 1984 Barrow was preselected as the UDP candidate for Collet but after redistricting chose to contest the newly created Queen\'s Square constituency instead, as was his prerogative under UDP party rules. In the ensuing election Barrow handily defeated Ralph Fonseca of the People\'s United Party . Soon after he was appointed to the first Manuel Esquivel Cabinet as Attorney-General and Minister of Foreign Affairs.
In the 1989 general election , Barrow defeated Thomas Greenwood but his party lost the election. Barrow continued in his law practice. In 1990, he became deputy UDP leader under Esquivel after the death of Curl Thompson . In 1993, Barrow won his third straight general election and returned to the Cabinet in the posts he held from the previous administration in addition to Minister of National Security. His detractors called him "Minister of Everything" during this period because he was a particularly high-profile spokesman for the Esquivel government.
After the UDP's devastating 1998 election loss in which he was one of only three UDP winners, Barrow was elevated to UDP party leader and Leader of the Opposition , succeeding the defeated Esquivel. Barrow presided over the smallest oppositions (three and seven respectively) in the House of Representatives since 1974 and ever in the UDP's history. Barrow was reelected in 1998 and 2003 by closer margins than his previous elections over attorney Richard "Dickie" Bradley. He has since been re-elected by comfortable majorities.
Barrow is currently the most senior member of the UDP delegation in
The UDP won a massive victory, with 25 out of 31 seats, in the general election held on 7 February 2008, and Barrow was sworn in as Prime Minister on 8 February. He is the country's first black Prime Minister. He announced his Cabinet, including himself as Minister of Finance, on 11 February.
The UDP won a reduced majority in the 2012 general election and Barrow started his second term as Prime Minister on 9 March 2012. He announced his cabinet, including himself as the Minister of Finance and Economic Development, on 12 March 2012.
Barrow led the UDP to a third consecutive general election victory in November 2015, however he stated the election would be his last as party leader.
Citing health issues, Barrow said he will step down as prime minister no later than the end of 2019 and hinted he could do so earlier. He will also stand down from his House seat in Queen's Square at the next general election , endorsing his sister Denise "Sister B" Barrow to succeed him.
Barrow has four children. The oldest is rapper Jamal "Shyne" Barrow , born 8 November 1979. ( Shyne was born out of wedlock; his mother is the sister of Barrow's political colleague, Michael Finnegan ). His second son Anwar runs a small-scale lending institution. His daughter Deanne practises law out of her mother's (Barrow's first wife Lois Young) firm.
Barrow was married a second time 7 February 2009 in Savannah, Georgia to his long-time girlfriend Kim Simplis . They have one daughter, Salima.
Barrow attended St. Michael's College in
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Pedro Sun. 7 June 2016. Retrieved 13 February 2017.
* ^ "Belize\'s opposition party wins landslide in congressional
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* ^ "Prime Minister
PARTY POLITICAL OFFICES
Preceded by Manuel Esquivel LEADER OF THE UNITED DEMOCRATIC PARTY 1998–present INCUMBENT
Preceded by Said Musa PRIME MINISTER OF BELIZE 2008–present INCUMBENT
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Current Members of the
* NATIONAL ASSEMBLY (2012 )
Speaker: Michael Peyrefitte
* ALBERT: Herman R. Longsworth (UDP)
* BELIZE RURAL CENTRAL:
Dolores Balderamos-García (PUP)
* BELIZE RURAL NORTH:
Edmond Castro (UDP)
* BELIZE RURAL SOUTH: Manuel Heredia (UDP)
* CARIBBEAN SHORES: Santino Castillo (UDP)
* COLLET: Patrick Faber (UDP)
* FORT GEORGE:
Said Musa (PUP)
Francis Fonseca (PUP)
* LAKE INDEPENDENCE: Mark King (UDP)
* MESOPOTAMIA: Michael Finnegan (UDP)
Wilfred Elrington (UDP)
* PORT LOYOLA: Anthony Martinez (UDP)
* QUEEN\'S SQUARE:
* BELMOPAN: John Saldivar (UDP) * CAYO CENTRAL: Rene Montero (UDP) * CAYO NORTH: Omar Figueroa (UDP) * CAYO NORTH EAST: Orlando Habet (PUP) * CAYO SOUTH: Julius Espat (PUP) * CAYO WEST: Erwin Contreras (UDP)
* COROZAL BAY: Pablo Marin (UDP) * COROZAL NORTH: Hugo Amilcar Patt (UDP) * COROZAL SOUTH EAST: Florencio Julian Marin (PUP) * COROZAL SOUTH WEST: Ramiro Ramirez (PUP)
ORANGE WALK DISTRICT
STANN CREEK DISTRICT
* DANGRIGA: Frank Mena (UDP) * STANN CREEK WEST: Rodwell Ferguson (PUP)
* TOLEDO EAST: Michael Espat (PUP) * TOLEDO WEST: Oscar Requena (PUP)
* UDP (19) * PUP (12) * National Assembly * House of Representatives * Senate
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Prime Ministers of