By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter
Nine days after the General Elections, on Friday, elected representatives gathered at the National Assembly in Belmopan for the inaugural sitting of the House of Representatives.
The session gathered the 31 area representatives from both the incumbent and opposition for the ceremonial swearing in.
Governor General of Belize, Sir Colville Young, in giving the government speech, highlighted that this is the first time in post-independent Belizean history that a political party has been elected for a third consecutive term.
Prime Minister Dean Barrow in his address pledged to raise livelihoods, expand education and health, and build the national infrastructure. He also pledged to ensure that government serves all the people of Belize fairly, regardless of political affiliation.
Francis Fonseca was sworn in as the Leader of the Opposition, as he continues to occupy the post until his successor can be chosen at a National Convention. Due to the nature of the event, Fonseca gave no remarks.
The newly-appointed Senate was also sworn in, in a closed-chamber session. Newly-elected President of the Senate, Lee Mark Chang, pledged to spend the coming weeks in preparation, honing his parliamentary skills to be able to serve the people of Belize.