List of prime ministers of Belize

The following article contains a list of Prime Ministers of Belize and Deputy Prime Ministers, from the establishment of the position of First Minister of British Honduras in 1961 to the present day.

Prime Minister of Belize
Incumbent
Johnny Briceño
since 12 November 2020
Government of Belize
Cabinet of Belize
StyleThe Right Honourable
TypeHead of government
ResidenceLeft Wing, Sir Edney Cain Building, Belmopan
SeatBelmopan
AppointerGovernor-General of Belize
Term length5 years, no term limit
PrecursorPremier of Belize
Inaugural holderGeorge Cadle Price
Formation12 September 1981
DeputyCordel Hyde
Salary91,800 BZD annually[1]

Office of the Prime Minister of Belize

The office of prime minister is established by section 37 of the Constitution of Belize, which provides that the Governor-General of Belize "shall appoint a member of the House of Representatives who is the leader of the political party which commands the support of the majority of the members of that House; and if no political party has an overall majority, he shall appoint a member of that House who appears to him likely to command the support of the majority of the members of that House" The Prime Minister's principal office is the Sir Edney Cain Building, Belmopan.[2]

First Minister of British Honduras (1961–1964)

No. Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Election Term of office Political party
Took office Left office Time in office
1 George Cadle Price
(1919–2011)
1961 7 April 1961 1 January 1964 2 years, 269 days People's United Party

Premier of British Honduras (1964–1973)

No. Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Election Term of office Political party
Took office Left office Time in office
1 George Cadle Price
(1919–2011)
1965
1969
1 January 1964 1 June 1973 9 years, 151 days People's United Party

Premier of Belize (1973–1981)

No. Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Election Term of office Political party
Took office Left office Time in office
1 George Cadle Price
(1919–2011)
1974
1979
1 June 1973 12 September 1981 8 years, 103 days People's United Party

Prime ministers of Belize (1981–present)

No. Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Election Term of office Political party
Took office Left office Time in office
1 George Cadle Price
(1919–2011)
12 September 1981 17 December 1984 3 years, 96 days People's United Party
2 Manuel Esquivel
(1940–2022)
1984 17 December 1984 7 September 1989 4 years, 264 days United Democratic Party
(1) George Cadle Price
(1919–2011)
1989 7 September 1989 13 July 1993 3 years, 309 days People's United Party
(2) Manuel Esquivel
(1940–2022)
1993 13 July 1993 28 August 1998 5 years, 46 days United Democratic Party
3 Said Musa
(born 1944)
1998
2003
28 August 1998 8 February 2008 9 years, 164 days People's United Party
4 Dean Barrow
(born 1951)
2008
2012
2015
8 February 2008 12 November 2020 12 years, 278 days United Democratic Party
5 Johnny Briceño
(born 1960)
2020 12 November 2020 Incumbent 2 years, 79 days
(as of 30 January 2023)
People's United Party

Office of the Deputy Prime Minister of Belize

Deputy Prime Minister of Belize
Incumbent
Cordel Hyde
since November 13, 2020
Government of Belize
Cabinet of Belize
StyleThe Honourable
ResidenceBelize City, Belize
AppointerFroyla Tzalam
Term lengthAt the pleasure of the Prime Minister of Belize
Inaugural holderFlorencio Marin, Sr.
FormationSeptember 21, 1981
Websitehttps://www.nationalassembly.gov.bz/house-of-representatives/

The deputy prime minister of Belize is an elected official who, according to the Constitution, "serves at the pleasure of the Prime Minister of Belize." The deputy prime minister is often the deputy leader of the largest political party in the House of Representatives of Belize that is in government.

List of deputy prime ministers of Belize since (1981–present)

# Incumbent Portrait Tenure Political affiliation
Took office Left office
1Florencio Marin
(1st time)
12 September 198114 December 1984 People's United Party
2Curl Thompson15 December 19844 September 1989 United Democratic Party
(1)Florencio Marin
(2nd time)
5 September 198930 June 1993 People's United Party
3Dean Barrow1 July 199327 August 1998 United Democratic Party
4Johnny Briceño28 August 19984 June 2007 People's United Party
5Juan Vildo Marin5 June 20077 February 2008 People's United Party
6Gaspar Vega8 February 20085 May 2016 United Democratic Party
7Patrick Faber6 May 201610 February 2020 United Democratic Party
8Hugo Patt11 February 202011 November 2020 United Democratic Party
9Cordel Hyde12 November 2020Present People's United Party

See also

References

  1. http://www.caribbeanelections.com/eDocs/budget/bz_budget/bz_approved_estimates_2013_2014.pdf
  2. "Part V: The Executive". Constitution of Belize. Belize Legal Information Network. Retrieved 23 December 2021.
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