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DEAN OLIVER BARROW (born 2 March 1951) is a Belizean politician who has been Prime Minister of Belize
Belize
since 2008. He is also the leader of the United Democratic Party (UDP). An attorney by trade, he served as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1993 to 1998 and was Leader of the Opposition from 1998 until the UDP won the February 2008 election . Barrow started his first term as Prime Minister after victory in the 2008 election. He started his second term after the UDP again won an election on 7 March 2012 . He started his third term when the UDP won again on 4 November, 2015.

CONTENTS

* 1 Legal career

* 2 Political career

* 2.1 Prime Minister

* 3 Family * 4 Education * 5 References

LEGAL CAREER

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 Williams (with 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 Belize
Belize
Bank and at one time, Belize
Belize
Telemedia Limited , formerly Belize Telecommunications Limited.

POLITICAL CAREER

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 Belize
Belize
House as well as the Area Representative with the longest tenure of uninterrupted service. Among current Area Representatives, only Said Musa has a longer cumulative time in office.

PRIME MINISTER

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.

FAMILY

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.

EDUCATION

Barrow attended St. Michael's College in Belize
Belize
and the University of the West Indies , Cave Hill, Barbados (LL.B. 1973); Norman Manley Law School, Mona, Kingston, Jamaica (Certificate of Legal Education, 1975); University of Miami School of Law (LL.M., 1981); University of Miami (M.A. International Relations).

REFERENCES

Wikimedia Commons has media related to DEAN BARROW .

* ^ "Hon. Patrick Faber Sworn in as Deputy Prime Minister". The San Pedro Sun. 7 June 2016. Retrieved 13 February 2017. * ^ "Belize\'s opposition party wins landslide in congressional elections", Associated Press (International Herald Tribune), 9 February 2008. Archived 3 June 2008 at the Wayback Machine . * ^ "Prime Minister Dean Barrow
Dean Barrow
announces new Cabinet", The San Pedro Sun, Vol. 18, No. 7, 14 February 2008. * ^ Parks, Rowland A. "General elections no later than \'first part of next year\' – PM Barrow", Amandala
Amandala
, 4 September 2015. (accessed 27 September 2015) * ^ "P.M. Gone? Not Yet, But He is Thinking About It", Great Belize Television , 12 May 2017. (accessed 21 May 2017) * ^ Ali, Marion V. "Barrow to hand over Queen Square to Sister B", The Reporter, 4 December 2015. (accessed 22 May 2017) * ^ " Belize
Belize
elects first black leader, ousts incumbent (page 2)". Catherine Bremer Reuters
Reuters
. 8 February 2008. Retrieved 27 August 2009. * ^ " Belize
Belize
prime minister will get married in Savannah", Associated Press (Atlanta Journal-Constitution), 15 January 2009. Archived 22 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine .

PARTY POLITICAL OFFICES

Preceded by Manuel Esquivel LEADER OF THE UNITED DEMOCRATIC PARTY 1998–present INCUMBENT

POLITICAL OFFICES

Preceded by George Cadle Price LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION 1998–2008 Succeeded by Said Musa

Preceded by Said Musa PRIME MINISTER OF BELIZE 2008–present INCUMBENT

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Current Members of the Belize
Belize
House of Representatives

* NATIONAL ASSEMBLY (2012 )

Speaker: Michael Peyrefitte

* Prime Minister: Dean Barrow
Dean Barrow
(UDP ) * Deputy Prime Minister: Gaspar Vega (UDP) * Leader of the Opposition: Francis Fonseca (PUP )

BELIZE DISTRICT

* 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) * FREETOWN: Francis Fonseca (PUP) * LAKE INDEPENDENCE: Mark King (UDP) * MESOPOTAMIA: Michael Finnegan (UDP) * PICKSTOCK: Wilfred Elrington (UDP) * PORT LOYOLA: Anthony Martinez (UDP) * QUEEN\'S SQUARE: Dean Barrow
Dean Barrow
(UDP)

CAYO DISTRICT

* 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 DISTRICT

* 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

* ORANGE WALK CENTRAL: Johnny Briceño (PUP) * ORANGE WALK EAST: Marco Tulio Mendez (PUP) * ORANGE WALK NORTH: Gaspar Vega (UDP) * ORANGE WALK SOUTH: Jose Abelardo Mai (PUP)

STANN CREEK DISTRICT

* DANGRIGA: Frank Mena (UDP) * STANN CREEK WEST: Rodwell Ferguson (PUP)

TOLEDO DISTRICT

* 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 Belize
Belize

* George Cadle Price * Manuel Esquivel *