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
Countryaah.com, 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.
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.