Belize PM fires junior minister for inconsistent behaviour

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by Global Staff

BELMOPAN, Belize — Belize prime minister, Dean Barrow, on Wednesday fired Minister of State in the Ministry of Public Works, Edmund Castro.

A release from the Prime Minister’s office, which was reported on national radio, stated that the decision to remove Castro as Minister of State was taken following a report made to the prime minister about an incident involving the junior minister.

The PM’s release states that Barrow is satisfied after due consideration that the report was substantially accurate and that Castro had engaged in behaviour that is inconsistent with the high standards of propriety to which the prime minister seeks to hold his ministers.

Accordingly, says the release, in keeping with his personal commitment to the electorate and the UDP administration’s general determination to practice good governance, the prime minister has acted.

Castro told Love FM Radio on Wednesday night, "The prime minister is the boss. He decides who stays in the cabinet and for what period of time. I think it was a privilege for me to have served in his cabinet for a period of two-plus years. Now I will concentrate on the next eighteen to twenty-four months to push projects and work in my constituency and help the people."

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