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Yearbook 2018

Belize. On April 15, a referendum was held in Guatemala on whether the more than 200-year-old border dispute with Belize should be subject to a ruling in the International Court of Justice in The Hague (ICJ). According to, Jasidan won by 96% and Belize's Prime Minister Dean Barrow immediately declared that a similar referendum will be held in Belize on April 10, 2019. Guatemala claims 11,000 square miles, or close to half of Belize's territory.

2018 Belize

On March 7, municipal elections were held, and the ruling party, the center-right party United Democratic Party (UDP), managed to retain power in six of the country's municipalities, while the Left Party's People's United Party (PUP) won in three. This was a significantly better result for the opposition than in the 2015 elections, as the PUP only managed to win in a municipality.

One reason for the UDP's good results was that, after the recession in 2016, the country's economy has started to grow again and employment has increased. Growth was 2.5% in 2017, but is expected to decline in the coming years.

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